Join the fun at Brighouse Bay BioBlitz

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Thursday 16th May 2013
©Solway Firth Partnership

Wildlife enthusiasts from throughout the region are invited to converge on Brighouse Bay on Saturday 8 June to hunt for some of Dumfries and Galloway’s hidden wildlife treasures.

Celebrating Dumfries and Galloway World Oceans Week and Year of Natural Scotland, Brighouse Bay Holiday Park will play host to DGERC's second BioBlitz event, run in partnership with Solway Firth Partnership's  Making the Most of the Coast project and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The wonderful location means that within a short distance it is possible to visit a variety of habitats from sand dunes and woodland to cliff tops and rockpools. The site is home to some rare species too, and is the only Scottish site for Gold-fringed Mason Bee and Perennial Flax.

The BioBlitz Day will be a festival of biodiversity, bringing together wildlife recorders, both experts and beginners, to find, identify, and learn about as many local plant and animal species as possible – all in 24 hours.

There will be a programme of guided walks and activities throughout the day. Local guides will lead expeditions around the area to record as many species as they can find and there will be self-guided activities for those who wish to do their own thing.

Anyone can come along, go for a walk and record their sightings of plants and animals. If you find something you can't identify, you can take photographs of them for identification by the experts. A base camp will be set up in the Brighouse Bay Holiday Park Leisure Club, which will act as the hub for a day of fun wildlife recording activities where people can report sightings and find out what others have seen.

A shop and cafe is available in the holiday park throughout the day.

The event organisers are grateful to the following organisations for their financial support: Dumfries and Galloway LEADER, Dumfries and Galloway Council, The Crown Estate, The Robertson Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage.

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