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Northam Burrows Country Park to host BioBlitz - and they need your help!

Rockpool Ramble

Northam Burrows Country Park is gearing up for a BioBlitz on Friday the 15th of June from 9am-5pm. This event will involve a series of guided walks and other activities that will run throughout the day, and a special basecamp is being set up at the visitor centre, where environmental organisations will have stalls and displays about local wildlife. With plant walks, a rockpool ramble, plankton netting and much more happening, this is an event nature enthusiasts will not want to miss! No specialist knowledge is required and everyone is invited to join the fun.

The event has been organised by North Devon Coast AONB, as part of their Coastal Creatures project, and designed so that the public can join wildlife experts as they attempt to record all the plants and animals living in the park.

The project aims to engage the public with the unique wildlife living within North Devon Coast AONB. It encourages participation in the identification and recording of species at 'citizen science' events to help to improve understanding of the habitats that exist within this designated area. This BioBlitz is the fourth run by the project and promises to be the biggest yet, with experts from all over the country, as well as several local schools committed to helping on the day. To encourage public participation all the activities are free and there will be no toll charges to the park on this day.

Northam Burrows Lead Ranger Michael Day is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the free access and explore the 'wild side' of Northam Burrows and said:

"This is a fantastic opportunity to visit the park and find out about the incredible variety of plant and animal species we have living here. We are extremely fortunate to have so many expert naturalists attending; the level of knowledge available on the day will be mind blowing! Our management plan is due for review in the coming year and the records collected at this event will contribute to the final document. This is your chance to make a real difference to the future management and protection of the site."

Torridge District Council's lead member for Community, Culture and Leisure Phil Pennington said "the authority is extremely proud to be part of the Coastal Creatures project and holding this event at Northam Burrows Country Park is fantastic for the local community. I hope everyone going has a great day exploring this unique environment. I am sure there will be lots of interesting discoveries".

Cat Oliver Coastal Creatures Project Officer said

"We are thrilled to be running a BioBlitz at Northam Burrows Country Park, it's the perfect event to engage school children, locals- and visitors in the dynamic wildlife found in the park. With a variety of habitats including sand dunes, beaches, salt marsh and rocky shore we are sure to find and record hundreds of species. This event is not to be missed!"

 More information about the event can be found at: https://www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk/events/northam-burrows-bioblitz

04 June 2018