Date(s) - 27/06/2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
A public bioblitz in Monmouth, taking place at Vauxhall Fields, Vauxhall Meadows, Drybridge Nature Park and Two River Meadow. All activities are FREE.
This is a great opportunity to explore the wildlife at well known green spaces right on the doorstep for Monmouth residents and other local people. You can take part in a canoe safari, pond dipping, meet species experts, go on a guided walk, take part in a minibeast safari, find out about slugs and snails and much more besides as we find and identify as much local wildlife as we can in a single day and attempt to record it all. Species experts will be on hand to help with identification, and will be leading various timetabled or drop-in activities throughout the day. Contact Sue Parkinson for a programme, or pick one up in town before the event from Monmouth One Stop Shop. Visit the marquee by Tibbs footbridge, limited parking will be available off Cowlings Lane, at Drybridge Nature Park, or park in Blestium Street car park to walk to Two River Meadow by the allotments. Timetable of events:
8am Early birds walk with Roger Ruston (Friends of Two River Meadow) at Two River Meadow
10am Moth trap opening and identification Vauxhall marquee
From 10am – pond dipping at Drybridge Nature Park (drop in any time!)
From 10am – meet species experts, test yourself with our Nature Table quiz, I-Spy self guided trail, refreshments at Vauxhall marquee
From 10am – at Two River Meadow mini beast hunts (drop in any time to collect your equipment from OPAL’s Barbara Brown and take part)
10.30am River minibeast hunt Vauxhall
From 11am – canoe safaris down the Monnow every hour – book at Vauxhall marquee
11.30am Barn owl pellet dissection – find and identify mammal bones and skulls Vauxhall marquee
11.30am Plants, birds, insects and more on a walk with Andy Karran Gwent Wildlife Trust Two River Meadow
1.30pm River minibeast hunt Vauxhall
1.30pm A walk around Vauxhall Meadow to identify plants and insects with LEMUR trainee ecologists Sophie and Dave.
2pm A second chance to explore the plants, birds, insects and more with Andy Karran Gwent Wildlife Trust at Two River Meadow
2.30pm Slug and snail safari with national molluscs expert Ben Rowson from National Museum Wales Vauxhall
3pm Barn owl pellet dissection – find and identify mammal bones and skulls Vauxhall marquee
4pm Grand total of all species recorded is announced!
The programme and map for the event can be downloaded here: We Count For Wildlife final Prog Map 2015