Saturday, 7 June 2014

Leicester Bioblitz 2014

Helen O'Brien, Nature Conservation Officer at LCC, has been in touch about next weekend's annual Leicester Bioblitz, which this year is being held at Western Park. The Bioblitz runs from 5pm on Friday 13th June to 5pm on Saturday 14th June.  The local group intends to meet at the EcoHouse at 6.30 on Friday to start recording, and Helen promises us access to parts of the park not usually accessible to the public. 

Helen also says "We are organising a number of guided walks again this year and I wondered if I could put BSBI down for Wildflower/Botany walks at 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. on Saturday 14th June?  We will ask people to book on and to be at the Bioblitz Basecamp which will be set up in the main marquee near to “Old Major” – the veteran oak tree opposite the main driveway within the Park.   Maximum numbers per walk will be 20".

Would anyone be interested in leading one of these walks? If so, please email us at bsbivc55@gmail.com to arrange. Here are the details for parking provision and arrangements:

Friday 13th June 2014
Park in the Mencap car park on the left of the driveway. There will be park officers at the main gate to greet and direct you to the car park which will be locked up after the park is closed. 
Staff will be in the Ecohouse to take information on species identified, provide light refreshments etc.  Toilet facilities are also available within the Ecohouse on Friday evening.

Saturday 14th June 2014
Parking will be available on the main driveway and also at the turning circle/car park at the end of the driveway. 
Refreshments will be available at the Mencap building (hot and cold drinks)
A packed lunch is available for guided walk leaders/activity stall holders and volunteers
Toilet facilities are available within Mencap and also on the main park


Posted by Louise; thanks to Helen for the sharp images of Western Park ;-)

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