Barstobrick BioBlitz Results

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Thursday 26th September 2013

Over 370 species were found by experts and amateur wildlife recorders at the Barstobrick bioblitz in July. Run by DGERC in partnership with Scottish Wildlife Trust and supported by funding from Scottish Natural Heritage, the delightful setting of Barstobrick Visitor Centre near Ringford proved to be an excellent venue for the second bioblitz event of the year. The aim of a bioblitz event is to bring professionals and amateurs, experienced and inexperienced, young and old together to help to find, identify record as many different types of plants and animals as possible in a short space of time.

The event took flight on the evening of Friday 12th July, when Freda Seddon and Linda Moorhouse of the Dumfries and Galloway Bat Group led a bat walk around the site and members of the local Butterfly Conservation Group set up moth traps. 23 people attended, enjoying the aerial antics of Soprano Pipistrelles and great views of Daubenton’s Bats hawking over the ponds.

Moth trapping at Barstobrick

Saturday was a baking hot summers day, the kind of which have been all too scarce in Dumfries and Galloway in recent summers. The wildlife recording hub - basecamp – was set up in the riding arena, which soon became a veritable oven as the sun beat down. Throughout the day local wildlife experts and enthusiasts led guided walks around different habitats, helping to gather lists of wildlife sightings from different parts of the site. Thankfully the café was on hand to provide plenty of refreshments for those who enjoyed (braved?) the heat indoors and out.

The moth traps were checked in the morning — and on into the afternoon as we caught so many. Over 80 different species were recorded, providing visitors with excellent views of colourful species such as Garden Tiger and Elephant Hawkmoth. Elsewhere people enjoyed watching nine different species of dragonflies by the ponds, whilst others helped to record over 180 species of plants and mosses around the site. The three most frequently recorded species were Ringlet, Foxglove and, rather pleasingly, Red Kites, which provided good views for many visitors. By the end of the day almost a thousand records were gathered of 374 different species. These included 14 which are highlighted as priority species in the Local Biodiversity Action Plan, emphasising the wildlife value of the site. For a full species list see the pdf below.

You can view a selection of photos from the event here.

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