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Become a Dragon Hunter!

Dragon Hunter Challenge

Dragon hunters will have 1 month to explore their local wetlands, rivers and ponds, and try and find as many species as possible. By signing up to the Challenge you'll take part in a journey of discovery, delving into the fascinating world of Dragonflies!  Not only will you master identifying some of the most ferocious and beautiful insects in the UK, you'll learn all about their enchanting life cycle and behavior, and how to help protect them. This is a great summer activity for all ages!

Moth Night

Details on this even from http://www.mothnight.info/

Moth Night 2018 will be held between 14th - 16th June.  The theme is Pyralid Moths and it will be both a day and night event. We are pleased to announce that this year we will offer a range of prizes for the event - check out the Taking Part page for more details.

It's time to BioBlitz!

Gardens are about the most under-recorded habitat in the country, so what you find this weekend will be adding something new to the national picture! It doesn't matter if your garden is large or small, urban or rural, there will be wildlife in it. And for kids, they can get on their knees and see the wildlife in their garden from a whole new angle.

Discovery awaits in the twilight: Take part in the National Bat Monitoring Programme by Chloe-Lea Longden

Bat Detecting (BCT/Anne Youngman)

Bat numbers in the UK have declined dramatically over the last century. You can help to monitor how the UK's bats are currently faring by taking part in the Bat Conservation Trust’s National Bat Monitoring Programme surveys which involve observing these fascinating mammals in your local area.

Sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Asian Hornet

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire – the first time the hornet has been discovered in the UK.

The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees.

Work to identify, destroy and remove any nests is already underway, which includes:

Garden BioBlitz Results: June 2016

The Results

This year’s national Garden BioBlitz was held over the weekend of the 4-5 June.  Supported by Springwatch and the BBC’s Do Something Great campaign, scores of enthusiastic naturalists braved unpredictable weather to see what else called their gardens home.  Four week on, and we’re ready to announce the results.

A grand total of 1,292 species were spotted, plus a couple of hundred at genus or family level.  In total 93 people submitted a whopping 6,007 records, of which 5,389 were identified to species. 

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