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Apr 20, 2018

Chris Packham Visit to Caerlaverock Bioblitz Announced


On Tuesday 17th July Chris Packham will be coming to WWT Caerlaverock, one of 48 sites across the country he’ll be visiting as part of his UK Bioblitz – nature reserves are not enough! Campaign. 

 

TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham is to come to WWT Caerlaverock, as part of the first independent audit of its kind in the UK involving Citizen Science. His goal is to highlight the extent to which the nation’s species are under threat.

 

Chris’s UK Bioblitz – nature reserves are not enough! Campaign has a serious purpose, as the results of the 2018 audit will be recorded to create a benchmark: this will help measure the rise and fall in numbers of different species on these sites in the future.   

 

He’ll be starting off in the Scottish Highlands on July 14th and from there, over the course of 10 days, he’ll weave his way across the UK, taking in Northern Ireland, Wales and parts of England along the route. All forms of life will be investigated in this snapshot of the country’s wildlife:  from flies to fungi, mammals to moths and birds to butterflies. At each site Chris and the UK Bioblitz team which includes 100’s of experts, young conservationists and film makers and people from all backgrounds and abilities will be helped by species specialists, alongside enthusiastic amateurs, to pinpoint the winners and losers in the battle for Britain’s countryside.  

 

Chris Packham comments:

“I’m doing this because I want to highlight that the UK’s landscape is in big trouble. We should have a far greater expectation of having wildlife around us all of the time but sadly we find ourselves going to nature reserves”

 

The ultimate aim is to celebrate some conservation success stories, but also to flag up some of its failures.  

 

For more information about Chris's visit to Caerlaverock visit the website 

Solway Firth Partnership