Lockdown BioBlitz

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Get closer to nature; support the physial and mental wellbeing of you and your family.

Every Wednesday from 13th May 2020, join Transforming the Trent Valley as we discover the wildlife living in our gardens and open spaces near our homes during the Coronavirus Lockdown.

Take part in our themed BioBlitz sessions by sharing your sightings of flowers, insects, birds, mammals and more. Share your photos, videos, sounds, drawings, poems and stories with us on social media using #thetrentvalley and see how many new species you can discover living on your doorstep.

Don't forget to adhere to current social distancing measures in place in your region!


#TheTrentValley

  1. What is a BioBlitz?
  2. Who can take part?
  3. How to BioBlitz!
BioBlitz. © Transforming the Trent Valley

Transforming the Trent Valley
Lockdown BioBlitz on social media

Share your BioBlitz photos, videos, sounds, drawings, poems and stories with us on social media using #thetrentvalley

This Week's BioBlitz Theme

  • Wednesday 3rd June: Eyes to the Sky! Discover the wildlife in the skies. Migrating birds to busy bees and butterflies.

    Join us this Wednesday as we dust off the picnic blanket to take a more relaxed approach to wildlife watching. Lay back and relax in your garden or local open space. Let the sounds of nature transport you to the big blue above. What can you see? Clouds, Birds, Bees, Bats, Dragonflies? Share your sightings with us on social media using #thetrentvalley.

    This week is also the start of #30DaysWild - find out more below.
Eyes to the Sky! - A Buzzard overhead

Eyes to the Sky!

A Buzzard overhead

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Eyes to the Sky! - Amazing Clouds

Eyes to the Sky!

Amazing Clouds

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Eyes to the Sky! - A Yellow Wagtail says hello

Eyes to the Sky!

A Yellow Wagtail says hello

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Are your ready for #30DaysWild?

#30DaysWild

Well this isn’t quite what I had in mind earlier this year when ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’, our landscape partnership project, agreed to take part in this years’ 30 Days Wild.

I pictured being out and about in the landscape leading guided walks, running numerous family activities and visiting any number of fabulous sites across our diverse landscape.

Instead I find myself sitting at home in my garden having just returned from furlough and with many of my team still furloughed and out of touch. As we tentatively start to come out of lockdown, we can’t do so many of the great things we planned and are forced into considering new ways of working. This is a challenge, as I am sure it is for everyone, but also a great opportunity to think outside the box, to be creative and try new ideas.

30 Days Wild this June has come during a great time. This is the month we start to consider the ‘new normal’. Schools begin to return and work begins to pick up. This spring, our wildlife has enjoyed a short respite from traffic, pollution, noise and throngs of visitors, so as we move into summer we are doing so in an unprecedented way. I am writing this from my garden on the first day of summer and I imagine the end of the month is going to feel very different to the beginning.

I will complete a blog each day to track my #RandomActsOfWildness for #30DaysWild. My blog posts can be read on our Facebook page each day. Share with me your own #RandomActsOfWildness during #30DaysWild and let me know how you are getting on.

If you haven't signed up to #30DaysWild yet, don't worry, its not too late! Just visit the 30 Days Wild web page to get involved or watch the video below that contains a few suggested #RandomActsOfWildness you could attempt during June.

Louise

Future Themes

Future themes as we discover nature in different ways.

  • Wednesday 10th June: In the Night Garden, we discover the wildlife of twighlight and darkness. Week 2 of #30DaysWild.
  • Wednesday 17th June: Sounds of Nature. Week 3 of #30DaysWild.
  • Wednesday 24th June: Buzy Bees - important pollinators including bumble bees, honey bees, solitary bees, wasps and bee mimics. Week 4 of #30DaysWild.
  • Wednesday 1st July: Insect Homes - Have a go at making a home for insects in your garden.
  • Wednesday 8th July: Wildlife Ponds - Water is vital for wildlife, small or large, a pond can support a vast array of wildlife.
  • Wednesday 15th July: Create a space for nature - from a wild flower patch to a log pile, have a go at leaving a small space to grow wild.
  • Wednesday 22nd July: Home sweet home - From bird boxes to bat boxes, learn how to make a home for wildlife.
  • ... more themes coming soon!

Previous Week's BioBlitz Themes

  • Wednesday 27th May
    Colours of Nature. Explore nature through colours. How many colours, shades and tints can you find in nature?

Exploring Colour in Nature

Join Nicola as she explores colour in nature in this four minute video.

Tints and Shades - Buttercup Yellow

Buttercup Yellow

Tints and Shades

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Camouflage - Burnished Brass moth (Diachrysia chrysitis) Orange tints

Burnished Brass moth (Diachrysia chrysitis) Orange tints

Camouflage

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Tints and Shades - Fresh Green Leaves

Fresh Green Leaves

Tints and Shades

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Complimentary Colours - Bluebell Blue and Crab Spider Yellow

Bluebell Blue and Crab Spider Yellow

Complimentary Colours

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Tints and Shades - Sainfoin Pink

Sainfoin Pink

Tints and Shades

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Complimentary Colours - Holly Blue Grey and Blue

Holly Blue Grey and Blue

Complimentary Colours

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Warning Colours - Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis) Yellow and Black

Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis) Yellow and Black

Warning Colours

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Autumnal Tones - Mountain Ash

Mountain Ash

Autumnal Tones

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Warning Colours - Cinnabar Moth caterpillar Yellow and Black

Cinnabar Moth caterpillar Yellow and Black

Warning Colours

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

  • Wednesday 20th May
    Textures, shape and form. We will explore the natural world by sharing our favourite textures, shapes and forms found in nature.
The 'warty' skin of a Common Toad (Bufo bufo)

The 'warty' skin of a Common Toad

Bufo bufo

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Bramble leaf seen at Hem Heath by @PaulLGMorris (Twitter)

Bramble leaf seen at Hem Heath

Photograph copyright 2020 @PaulLGMorris via Twitter<

Oak tree bark seen at Hem Heath by @PaulLGMorris (Twitter)

Oak tree bark seen at Hem Heath

Photograph copyright 2020 @PaulLGMorris via Twitter

Tiny flowers of a moss

Tiny flowers of a moss

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

Fluffy Fungi

Fluffy Fungi

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

The silky petals of a Wood Anemone

The silky petals of a Wood Anemone

Anemone nemorosa

Photograph copyright 2020 Steven Cheshire
(Transforming the Trent Valley)

  • Wednesday 13th May
    The first of our mid-week BioBlitz days. On Wednesday 13th May, we searched for mini beasts, creepy crawlies and insects of all forms from caterpillars to woodlice, butterflies to spiders in our gardens and local open spaces. Here's a selection of photographs shared by our Bioblitz friends.
Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar

Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar

Deilephila elpenor

Photograph submitted by Nettie

The Herald moth

The Herald moth

Scoliopteryx libatrix

Photograph submitted by Nettie

Common Red Soldier Beetle

Common Red Soldier Beetle

Rhagonycha fulva

Photograph submitted by Wal

Meadow Brown butterfly

Meadow Brown butterfly

Maniola jurtina

Photograph submitted by John

Green-veined White butterfly

Green-veined White butterfly

Peris napi

Photograph submitted by John

Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle

Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle

Chrysolina fastuosa

Photograph submitted by Annie

1. What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying; an attempt to record as many living species within a designated area. Scientists, naturalists, and the public can conduct an intensive study over a continuous time period (usually 24 hours).

BioBlitzes are often held in urban parks or nature reserves close to cities. You can also conduct your own BioBlitz in your garden or local public open space too.

BioBlitzes are a great way to learn about nature, wildlife, then environment and your local surroundings. It's an opportunity to discover the wildlife that lives just yards from you front or back door.


2. Who can take part?

Anyone can take part; individuals, families, and children* are encouraged to explore and discover nature so long as you adgere to current social distancing measures.
*Please ensure that children are supervised appropriately when using social media or undertaking a BioBlitz in a public space.

We are very keen to encourage families located in and around the Transforming the Trent Valley Scheme Area take part every Wednesday over the next few weeks. You can spend as much or as little time as you want conducting your BioBlitz and we will be posting various suggested activities that you can do at different times of the day, plus photos and videos of what we have seen via our social media channels.

If you live within the Trent Valley between Rugeley, Alrewas, Burton Upon Trent and Derby, along the Tame Valley from Hopwas to Alrewas or along the Dove Valley between Rocester, Uttoxetter and Repton, we would love for you to get involved.

You don't have to be a wildlife expert, so don't be shy or scared. The key thing is to enjoy getting closer to nature and learn more about and better understand the wildlife you live with.

3. How to BioBlitz!

All you need is some space outdoors; any open space will do so long as you can adhere to social distancing measures. Your garden, local park, or street. You can even BioBlitz just by looking out of a window!

Some wildlife ID books or access to the internet to help you identify the species you have discovered. If you share your photos with us on social media using #thetrentvalley, we and our followers will help identify your sightings too.


Transforming the Trent Valley
Lockdown BioBlitz on social media

Share your BioBlitz photos, videos, sounds, drawings, poems and stories with us on social media using #thetrentvalley