2010 is International Biodiversity year and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit is celebrating by providing a once in the lifetime opportunity at a unique BioBlitz event in Herefordshire on Saturday, June 19.
County wildlife recorders will be racing against time to collect as many records of plants and animals in 24hrs at the previously unrecorded Perrystone Estate near Ross on Wye. The private estate is thought to be rich in species and the public can join the experts in a series of guided walks to discover hidden secrets of the natural world.
You can join the free family event by turning up and booking in on a variety of hour long walks from 10am which will be led by specialists from across the county. Naturalists, ecologists and archaeologists will be leading the series of walks which will include topics on amphibians, spiders, beetles, woodland plants and the archaeology of the landscape. There will be plenty of activities for the kids including mini beast events . Adrian Hanks, Head Keeper at Perrystone Estate, has been extremely supportive of the event ‘We are keen to show people how shooting and conservation can go hand in hand and welcome the opportunity to give people a chance to see how a working estate runs.’
You can download the programme of events, directions and a poster by going online to www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk and clicking on Bioblitz
The event has been organised by the Wye Valley AONB Unit and Herefordshire Biodiversity Partnership. For more information please contact Sarah Sawyer at the Wye Valley AONB Office on 01600 710844.