Tuesday, July 20, 2010
A recent event organised by the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust recorded an impressive 200 different species of plants and animals in the small Lime Kilns region of the Lomond Hills Regional Park.
This wildlife recording event, known as a ‘BioBlitz’ was one of a series of events being held across the UK in celebration of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. The event involved many members of the public, students, naturalists and scientists trying to find as many different types of wildlife as possible within a particular area and over a certain time period.
The Fife BioBlitz, supported by funding from Celebrating Fife 2010, consisted of several wildlife recording activities each led by expert members of the Fife Ranger Service and several local naturalists assisting the public to identify wildlife. For example, the moth trapping activity, led by Countryside Ranger Kate Morison and Duncan Davidson (Butterfly Conservation), was particularly successful with a fantastic 43 different species recorded including the spectacular poplar hawk moth.
All of the records generated during the BioBlitz were collected by Alexa Tweddle, Information Officer for Fife Nature Records Centre, part of the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust. These records provide valuable information that can be used to protect and enhance Fife’s wildlife and will be made available to those who have a role to play in nature conservation.
While events such as the BioBlitz help to generate a lot of records at once, you too can submit records of the wildlife you see to Fife Nature Records Centre. For more information on wildlife recording please visit the Fife Nature Records Centre website www.fifenature.co.uk.