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Bioblitz 2022

Friday 10 to Saturday 11 June. Various times. FREE but booking required


Help us to record the wildlife on the Sharpham Estate, by taking part in a packed programme of events where YOU are the citizen scientists!

Golden ringed dragonfly

You'll be 

  • bat-detecting
  • moth-trapping
  • searching for and recording birds, wildflowers, insects and invertebrates
  • seeking out mammal tracks and signs

There'll be expert naturalists and conservationists to assist and enlighten you when you find fascinating flora and fauna on the Sharpham Estate.

The information and data you collect will help us paint a picture of what lives on the rewilded parts of the Sharpham Estate.

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund logo


This FREE event is part of our Wild for People rewilding project that has been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


 

What is a BioBlitz?


A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time and scientists and participants work together to get a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity. 

families take part in a BioBlitz beside the River Dart at Sharpham

Sharpham's BioBlitz


Our BioBlitz runs from Friday evening through to Saturday, with various events that you can join in with.

On Saturday there will be the option to help record wildlife finds for us on your phones via the iNaturalist app. This is entirely optional but bring your phone if you would like to do this - we'll give you instructions on this on the day. 


Children and families


There is no age limit for the children, but 7 years and up is advised for Friday evening, 6 years and up advised for the Saturday sessions.
Babes in arms are welcome, but routes are NOT accessible for pushchairs.

Children must be accompanied by adults at all times. There is a maximum of 3 accompanying children per adult. 

Adults can attend unaccompanied by children.

The Great Green Bush Cricket

Listening for bats


The Sharpham Estate beside the River Dart hosts various bats (we’re one of the few places in the UK and Europe where the Greater Horseshoe Bat can be found). And we are home to Lesser Horseshoes and other types of bat too.

You'll get a chance to use a bat detector that you can tune to the frequency of these incredible animals, eavesdropping on their echo-location sounds as they hunt for food.

Here is the sound of Lesser Horseshoe bats, as they leave their roost behind Sharpham House and head out to forage:

 

This event is for you if you are:

  • Adults and children of any age and experience looking to discover more about our wildlife
  • Interested in learning more about the natural world
  • A fan of the Great Outdoors
  • Looking for a fascinating, family event

An oil beetle

What should you bring?

  • A healthy snack if you get peckish along the way. Refreshments are available - see below
  • A hatA participant looks through binoculars
  • A torch for the night-time activities
  • Waterproofs
  • Good comfy shoes or wellies
  • Paper and pen if you want to take notes
  • Bottle of water
  • If you have your own bat detector do bring it along
  • Binoculars for the Saturday sessions if you have your own

 

Refreshments & facilities


Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be available to buy from the Wild Fig Deli between 9.30am and 1pm on Saturday.

There are portaloos on site and nearby.
 

Even though the events are free, we need you to register your interest in each event so that we get an idea of numbers. 

Friday 10 June   Time
Greater Horseshoe Bat EVENING BIRD & BAT WALK
Led by Mike Cooke from Ambios nature conservation. 15 adult places. There is a maximum of 3 accompanying children per adult. 
8.40pm-10.15pm
A privet moth

MOTH TRAPPING
Set up moth-traps to tempt moths in (without harming them) for us to record. With Phil Wilson. 15 adult places. There is a maximum of 3 accompanying children per adult. 

8.40pm-10.15pm

 

Saturday 11 June   Time
Burnet Moth MOTH REVEAL
Study the moths we trapped last night! With Phil Wilson. 15 adult places. There is a maximum of 3 accompanying children per adult.  
8.15am - 9am
A stonechat in close up BIRDS - led by expert birder Mike Langman.
15 adult places on each session. There is a maximum of 3 accompanying children per
8.15am - 9am
Red Campion close up WILDFLOWERS - led by Mike Cooke/Simon Roper.
15 adult places on each sessionThere is a maximum of 3 accompanying children per adult.
9.30am - 11.45am
Face of a bush cricket BEETLES, BUGS & BUTTERFLIES - led by esteemed entomologist John Walters:
15 adult places on each sessionThere is a maximum of 3 accompanying children per adult. 
9.30am - 11.45am
Face of a shrew MAMMAL TRACKS & SIGNS - led by Mike Cooke/Simon Roper.
15 adult places on each sessionThere is a maximum of 3 accompanying children per adult. 
9.30am - 12.30pm
A swallow flies in BIRDS - led by expert birder Mike Langman.
15 adult places on each session. There is a maximum of 3 accompanying children per
12.45pm - 2.45pm
Speckled wood butterfly BEETLES, BUGS & BUTTERFLIES - led by esteemed entomologist John Walters:
15 adult places on each sessionThere is a maximum of 3 accompanying children per adult.
12.45pm - 2.45pm
Our rewilding fields WILDLIFE/REWILDING TOUR - explore the work we're doing to rewilding the landscape at Sharpham. led by Mike Cooke/Simon Roper of Ambios. 12.45pm - 2.00pm

 

Ring us or email us on [email protected] if you've got any questions.

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy.


Do check our Calendar to see and book for our events - or join our mailing list by clicking here to be kept in touch about Sharpham Trust news, retreats & events.

Click here for directions and how to find The Sharpham Trust.

If you're driving, parking is in different places on each day.

PARKING ON FRIDAY

You'll need to park in the green bays beside the middle road off the Three Way Junction:

The Three Way Junction

PARKING ON SATURDAY

Parking is in a field at the top of Sharpham Drive with a 10 minute walk down to the rewilding meadows.
Please arrive 20 minutes before your session starts to allow walking time. The route will be signposted.

The return walk is uphill and the sessions are in meadows with long, tussocky grass, so unfortunately the event is not accessible for those with impaired mobility.

Thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Funding, this event is FREE for adults and children.

There is no age limit for the children, but 7 years and up is advised for Friday evening, 6 years and up advised for the Saturday sessions.

Babes in arms are welcome, although routes are inaccessible for pushchairs.

Children must be accompanied by adults at all times.

National Lottery Heritage Fund logo


This event is part of our Wild for People rewilding projectthat has been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Retreats & Events

See the Schedule tab for timings of each event.

Ring us or email us on [email protected] if you've got any questions.

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy.


Do check our Calendar to see and book for our events - or join our mailing list by clicking here to be kept in touch about Sharpham Trust news, retreats & events.