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BioBlitz Weekend

Love nature? Want to learn more about the wildlife on your own doorstep? Join nature experts over the weekend of 14-15th May for some very special BioBlitz activities. Join us in person in Haddenham, Rampton and Cottenham or from home or your local green space.

  • 14th May 2022 - 15th May 2022

On the 14th and 15th May everyone can take part in a number of nature events run by nature experts from the New Life in the Old West team. The series includes:

  • surveys with wildlife experts in various locations within the NLOW project area
  • advice on how to survey from home or the local park
  • participating in an expert-led session. 

Interested people can just turn up at many of our surveying sessions, however, the walks are operating with limited spaces and will need booking in advance.  More details may be found on the dedicated BioBlitz webpage.

Join in from home or your local green space!

We want as many people to get involved as possible and so we would love local people to record the nature that they see at home or in a local green space.

We have prepared some useful HAVE A GO guides on our BioBlitz webpage and there are lots of useful resources online to help identify wildlife.  

All findings should be shared with us – including the 4Ws (What, Where, When, Who spotted it). Simply email us via info@newlifeoldwest.org.uk. Our useful video gives more information about how to record what is seen.

Lot’s of groups around the country are organising events. Local people may be interested in the nearby National Trust Wicken Fen Annual Neighbourhood BioBlitz, for example. We’re pleased to be working with Wicken Fen and will share our findings with their teams. Just like the Wicken Fen event, our activities have been made possible thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.   

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is an event where people work together to find and identify as many species as possible, in a specific area and over a short period of time. 

This focussed approach to surveying wildlife is designed to be a fun and informal way for young people and other members of the public to learn alongside experts: sharing  and developing their enthusiasm for nature.

Everything found during a BioBlitz is documented and added to national databases that monitor wildlife. These key contributions help experts to understand which species are thriving and which need some help. 

What is New Life on the Old West?

New Life on the Old West is a three-year programme designed to deliver small-scale habitat improvements in the arable landscape, the extensive ditch network, and community green spaces deep within the Cambridgeshire Fens, close to the Old West River. 

Ready to BioBlitz?! 

Download all the resources needed from our website, decide where to go, and head out to see what you spot! Don’t forget to record all of your findings, including the 4Ws, and share them with us via info@newlifeoldwest.org.uk


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