Historic campus to play host to wildlife 'bio blitz' survey

Historic campus to play host to wildlife 'bio blitz' survey

 

Wildlife media students at the University of Cumbria are preparing to stage the first ‘bio blitz’ a concerted attempt to monitor and record the wildlife that makes use of the Brampton Road campus.

Over a 20 hour period, starting at 5am on Wednesday 9 May, students and staff will use a network of equipment to survey all living things that pass through the leafy campus which boasts parts of Hadrian’s Wall within its’ boundaries..

 “We’ll be running a whole variety of workshops during the day from listening and recording the dawn chorus, to discovering the local nocturnal species through bat detecting and moth trapping,” Cain Scrimgeour, lecturer in outdoor media, said. “Hopefully we’ll manage to capture more images of the campus weasel!”

 Brampton Road is home to the university’s Institute of the Arts with over a thousand full-time arts students.

 Results of the survey, ranging from sound recording and birdwatching to wildlife photography, moth trapping, worm charming and more will appear in a variety of future projects.

 BIOBLITZ BRIEFING 09.00 – 09.15 LR1

What is a BioBlitz? An introduction to the day, and the importance of surveying.

CAMERA TRAPPING 09.15 – 10.15

Camera traps are an important part wildlife research, set AV’s trail cameras to capture footage of our more elusive species. Will we see the campus Weasel?

DIY PIR CAMERA TRAPS 10.30 – 12.30

Join Dave to make a DIY PIR system, which will give you the knowledge and skills to construct your own DSLR camera trap setup!

WILDLIFE FILMING 10.30 -11.30

Look at the skills necessary to film wildlife, from technical aspects of camera operation to field craft and the use of hides. 

MAMMAL TRACKING 12 noon – 13.00

Discover the mammals on campus from the signs they leave, interpret their tracks, trails, and feeding signs to identify species and understand their behaviours.

BIOLOGICAL RECORDING 13:15 – 13:45 LR1

Recording your wildlife sightings is important for its future conservation, allowing us to monitor populations and trends. Learn how to enter your data with iRecord, and discover a number of other recording platforms

BIRDBOX MAKING 2PM – 3PM MEET AT WORKSHOPS

Head to the workshops to build your own bird box with Alison and the technicians.

Limited to 6 people. Email cain.scrimgeour@cumbria.ac.uk to book your place.

All workshops meet at Entrance unless otherwise stated. Spaces are limited on some

FILMMAKING WORKSHOP –EDITING 15.00 – 16.30 R2009

On location, file management and sequencing is essential. Join Finn for an editing masterclass, to prepare your future edits.

PLANT IDENTIFICATION 16.30 – 17.30

Usually we are drawn to charismatic species such as birds and mammals, but Brampton Road campus had a whole host of interesting flora. This workshop will identify plant species, discover which species are edible, and understand their importance in the ecosystem of our campus.

 

WORM CHARMING CHAMPIONSHIP 18.00

Grab your team, a ‘charmerer’, a ‘pickerer’ and a ‘counterer’, get your spot, three metres square, and try to charm as many worms from the ground as you can!

You can use any equipment you find useful, from musical instruments, to water, to stamping your feet. The team who can collect the worms WIN, and there will be a prize!

 

WILDLIFE SOCIETY BBQ 21.00

Celebrate the Worm Charming Champion by joining the Wildlife Society for some BBQ food after a long day of biological recording, ready for the night time activities to begin!

SOUND RECORDING FOR MIGRATION 20.00-20.30

Use a Zoom, a Pringles tube and Audacity software to record and identify birds migrating at night!

BAT DETECTING 20.30-21.30

Discover which species of Bats live on campus, listen to them call with a Bat detector, and learn how to identify the species we find.

MOTH TRAPPING 21.30 – 01.00

Butterflies are known to be beautiful, but have you seen there night-time counterparts? There are 2500 species of moth in the UK, come and find out which species live on campus.

NIGHT VISION 22.00-23.00

Join Nigel to get hands on with AV’s new night vision equipment, to discover creatures of the night.