Please support the Batten Bay BioBlitz! A BioBlitz is a race to record as much wildlife as possible in a set area over a 24 hour period. The free event will raise community awareness and support for nature conservation and science in a fun and engaging way.
The event is happening on the 12th and 13th of September and is approaching fast. It is totally free and relies on the dedication of the many volunteers who help bring it all together. You can play a vital role and make a difference in this citizen science project by making a pledge and showing your support!
We will help the local community, including families and 300+ school children to work alongside scientists and volunteers from all over the country to join the challenge. The BioBlitz will build an appreciation for the natural environment in the area and inspire future generations to act responsibly to protect it. The event is open to all and will include bug hunts, bird walks, arts and crafts, rockpooling, wild flower walks, snorkeling, and an open laboratory. The valuable snapshot of wildlife will be used to inform conservation measures for the area.
This will be our 6th BioBlitz event in the South West and we are trying to make it the biggest and best one so far! We are aiming to record over a thousand types of plants, animals and other living things, and attract as many people as possible to take part. A BioBlitz is a fantastic way to show people the diversity of wildlife to be found in this special protected area and raise support for the environment. It is also a great opportunity to promote science, wildlife recording and conservation in a fun and accessible way to a wide audience. Experts and enthusiasts come together to learn with one another and to share and spread their knowledge and respect for nature in a fun and informal way. This type of community work is an ongoing investment. By providing first hand experiences with nature we hope to promote positive behavioural changes for the future and bring hope for the protection and conservation of our natural heritage.
We (The Marine Biological Association) are a charity which has conducted research into all aspects of the sea since 1884. We have always worked closely with our local community in Plymouth and members around the world to learn life in our seas and oceans. In previous events, we have worked with a variety of partners to ensure we cover all aspects of life on land and in the sea, and how these interact. This year, we are proud that Plymouth University Marine Institute and South West Fish are supporting the event. We are also grateful for the support of over 20 organisations including Devon Wildlife Trust, Buglife, the Marine Conservation Society, The National Marine Aquarium and many others. All partners bring unique skills and expertise to the event, making each one different. This year's BioBlitz will run alongside the Plymouth Blue Mile event and is part of the Plymouth's Ocean City Festival. Together we will celebrate wildlife and raise awareness of the conservation of our seas and coastal environment.
The Batten Bay BioBlitz is already shaping up to be a great event but we need additional support to make it even bigger and better. We would like to provide additional support for our dedicated volunteers. We would also like to purchase/ hire additional equipment and resources and fund additional promotion, extra family activities and hire additional rooms for the event. The additional support you provide will help towards our goal of making the Batten Bay BioBlitz 2014 bigger and better and increase the positive impact it will have on our local community and wildlife conservation.
“Plymouth University is proud to be a partner of the Batten Bay BioBlitz. In these changing times it is crucially important that we document the incredible variety of life of our coastal and marine environments. This BioBlitz will help to increase public awareness of these areas, and also help to safeguard them for future generations.”
Richard Ticehurst, Plymouth University's Marine Institute.
"It's important to bring the community together and experience what sort of wildlife exists on our coastline. Understanding how we can best preserve them for future generations, while encouraging responsible attitudes towards their environments and the beautiful coastline on our doorsteps. We're proud to be part of this year's Mount Batten BioBlitz!"
Andrew Jinman, South West Fish.
This is your chance to make a huge difference in protecting our natural environment. In exchange, we offer you immense gratitude and a selection of rewards. We are offering a range of rewards from as little as £10 up to £250, these include great opportunities to explore the outdoors and unique hand-made crafts.
Our basic thank you packs provided to everyone who donates will include a hand made thank you card, a limited edition 'Batten Bay BioBlitz 2014 funder' pin badge and a public thank you note on the BioBlitz Facebook page.
Aquanauts Dive Centre have very kindly donated a full open water dive course, usually retailing at £365 that we are able to offer for the absolute bargain price of only £250! Aquanauts have also kindly donated two try-dives and a voucher to spend at their shop. www.aquanauts.co.uk
The Mount Batten Centre have kindly donated a stand up paddle boarding session for 6 people that we are offering for just £105 all kit and a professional instructor will be included. www.mount-batten-centre.com
Guided walks are on offer with local experts, these will make a great family outing or opportunity for you and a group of friends to get outside and learn about wildlife at your own pace with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic expert at a date to be agreed (remember some of these will depend on tide times!). The experts will talk to you before hand and tailor the walk to suit your interests and level of knowledge.
A selection of unique craft items made by local artists are available and would make great unusual gifts. These include specially commissioned 5inch (approximately) hand painted polymer clay model of an animal of your choosing. We are also offering hand knitted hats and scarfs produced locally.
Wild Nature Press has kindly offered two copies of the "Sharks of the World - A fully illustrated guide" signed by the illustrator, Marc Dando, plus two original sketch plate plans. This is a unique opportunity to make yourself or a shark lover you know VERY happy so hurry up and grab this bargain (book alone RRP is £45).
SWFish have offered to provide lunch on the day for a pledge of £8.00 or more. Enjoy a SUSTAINABLE MACKEREL BAP, STREET FOOD STYLE. The mackerel will be caught out of Plymouth, so couldn't get much fresher and include a SWFish sticker!
The rewards are offered thanks to the kindness of our supporters so some are offered in limited numbers. So if you see something you fancy, please pledge now and be generous!
This event is about working together towards understanding our surroundings and why it is important to respect it. So, if you can't financially help, don't worry! We would love to see you joining us at the event and/or helping to spread this message to your family, friends and neighbours.
THANK YOU! Please get in touch at any time should you like to know more or get involved in the event by visiting the website: www.mba.ac.uk/bioblitz/battenbay2014 or Face Book page.