An incredible 277 people participated in the Garden BioBlitz across Wales on the 30th May 2020. All together we managed to generate 6243 records representing 1430 different species! Impressive stats, particularly as we were largely recording in our own gardens, rather than pristine nature reserves.
In the Cofnod area alone 69 recorders took part, finding 631 species and making 1383 records. Over 35% of Cofnod records were invertebrates, 33% were plants and 27% were birds. The top five most recorded species in the Cofnod area were all birds: Blackbird, Jackdaw, Blue tit, House sparrow and Wood Pigeon. Records are still coming in via the Cofnod ORS, so it’s not too late to submit your records.
It was great fun being part of this all-Wales event, working together with our sister LERCs (SEWBReC, BIS and WWBIC) and the Wales Biodiversity Partnership.
It just goes to show what treasures we can find living close to home!
Henry Cook, NWWT Project Officer, will take us on a wildlife virtual tour including great crested newts, bee orchids and grizzled skipper butterflies. Booking essential.
E-mail Mark Sheridan to book your place.
Lots of interesting Welsh nature observations.
A new book on Downy Mildews and Albugos, (White Blister-rusts) has now been printed. This group of fungus-like pathogens is often neglected but they are ideal to look for and record at times of the year when other fungi are few and far between. For example while we are all stuck at home it's an ideal opportunity to search out our back gardens for plant pathogens including some of the ones in the book. It's surprising what you can find locally; only last week Debbie Evans found the Downy Mildew, Peronospora valerianellae on Valerianella carinata within 50 metres of her house. There were only 2 previous records in Wales from VC46 from the early 2000s and it’s rarely recorded in the rest of GB.
There is no similar book available and most specialist books are very expensive as we all know. Thus, at £8.50 plus p&p it's an absolute bargain! These books are mainly self-funded and they sell the books at cost just to cover the printing costs.
One of our fellow Welsh LERCs SEWBReC have put together a very useful collation of wildlife recording activities you could use or participate in during the your time at home.
Visit the weblink to find out more.
Each Area Statement outlines the key challenges facing that particular locality, what we can all do to meet those challenges, and how we can better manage our natural resources for the benefit of future generations. They will be updated regularly and improved year-on-year as we engage with more people, gather new evidence, put forward ideas and work across boundaries to create opportunities.
Cofnod, Intec, Ffordd y Parc, Parc Menai,
Bangor, Gwynedd. LL57 4FG