Alongside the 2018 Great Wildlife Expedition (at Hengistbury Head on June 9th), Hengistbury Head are offering you the chance to have a BioBlitz in your own garden!
The winner of our Great Wildlife Garden Competition will have a team of experts take over their outdoor space on June 16th.
Using detectors, hand lenses and lots of books, the team will identify bats, mammals, moths, birds and plants that live in, or visit your garden. You will be able to spend time with the team and learn the difference between the species that thrive on the work you have done to make your garden a place for nature.
The team will show you where to go to record your finds, adding these species to Bournemouth’s wildlife map. There will also be a talented local film maker who will capture the day, the activities and the excitement of identifying the plants and creatures that live in your garden.
To enter, use the entry form to tell us about your garden, your household, and any wildlife that you have seen in, or nearby, your garden. Please send your entry via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 30th April 2018 (Winner will be chosen by the Hengistbury Head Ranger team)
Hengistbury Head visitor centre will be hosting a free presentation on the 3rd February, 19:00-20:30, showcasing the diverse marine life within Poole Bay. This event will display footage collected through Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) surveys conducted over the past 3 years. The presentation will also discuss the impacts artificial structures such as coastal defences (seawalls, groynes, breakwaters) can have on marine life and showcase ways in which we can improve the habitats provided for marine life on artificial structures.
PhD researcher Alice Hall from Bournemouth University who studies the ecology and enhancement of artificial structures. She has spent the last 3 years researching the marine life associated with artificial structures on the south coast of England and will be showcasing some of her work at the presentation.
Booking is essential – please call 01202 451618 to reserve your place.
A monthly meet up on first Tuesday of the month 7.30pm-9.30pm at Cafe Boscanova (650 Christchurch Road, BH1 4BP).
A chance to listen to interesting talks from a different guest speaker each month and join in with mentally stimulating discussion about a range of topics from robotics to maritime archaeology to local conservation.
April’s talk will be discussing research at Bournemouth University using fruit flies to investigate the genetics behind schitzophrenia. For a taste of what to expect go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPxSReMVIXQ or check out the CafeSciBournemouth YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CafeSciBournemouth