BRAMPTON ROAD BIOBLITZ | ITINERARY | 16th MAY 2019
DAWN CHORUS 5AM - 6AM: MEET AT RECEPTION
Listen to the campus’s natural orchestra and discover the species singing. There will also be the opportunity to record sound clips in this workshop.
SMALL MAMMAL TRAPPING 6AM – 7AM: MEET AT RECEPTION
Discover the small mammals present on campus with Zoology lecturer Alex Dittrich.
BIRDWATCHING 7:30AM – 8:30AM: THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY HIDE
An introduction to birdwatching, develop your skills using binoculars and telescopes as well identification the birds we can find on campus.
(Please bring binoculars if you have your own)
BIOBLITZ BRIEFING 9AM – 9:15AM: MEET IN LR1
What is a BioBlitz? An introduction to the day, and the importance of surveying.
CAMERA TRAPPING 9:15AM – 10:15AM: MEET IN LR1
Camera traps are an important part wildlife research, join the Wildlife Society to set AV’s trail cameras to capture footage of our more elusive species. Will we see the campus Weasel?
BEE IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP 10:30AM – 11:30AM: MEET IN LR1
There are more than 250 types of bee in the UK including bumblebees, mason bees and mining bees. Join lecturer Alex Playford as we explore the different kinds of bees that can be found on campus.
MAMMAL TRACKING 12PM – 1PM: MEET AT RECEPTION
Discover the mammals on campus from the signs they leave, interpret their tracks, trails, and feeding signs to identify species and understand their behaviours. We will also have the chance to take a look at some mammal skulls.
BIOLOGICAL RECORDING 1:15PM – 1:45PM: MEET IN LR1
Recording your wildlife sightings is important for its future conservation, allowing us to monitor populations and trends. Learn how to enter your data with iRecord, and discover a number of other recording platforms. We will be joined by staff from the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre to find out more.
BIRDBOX MAKING 2PM – 3PM: MEET AT WORKSHOPS
Head to the workshops to build your own bird box with Alison and the technicians. Limited to 6 people. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
PLANT IDENTIFICATION 2PM - 3PM: MEET AT RECEPTION
Usually we are drawn to charismatic species such as birds and mammals, but Brampton Road Campus had a whole host of interesting flora.
This workshop will be led by Jamie from Cumbria Wildlife Trust and will identify plant species, and understand their importance in the ecosystem of our campus.
ENTOMOLOGY WORKSHOP 3PM – 4:30PM: MEET AT RECEPTION
Can you tell the difference between a bug and a beetle? Join Zoology lecturer Alex Dittrich to learn more about insects and how to identify them in the field.
WILDLIFE FILMING 4:30PM – 5:30PM: MEET IN LR1
Look at the skills necessary to film wildlife, from technical aspects of camera operation to fieldcraft and the use of hides.
HIDE OPENING CEREMONY 5:30PM – 6PM THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY HIDE
Join us as we formally open the Wildlife Society’s new wildlife hide! Be part of this opportunity to celebrate months of hard work and investment by the society.
WORM CHARMING CHAMPIONSHIP 6PM
Grab your team, a charmerer, a pickerer and a counterer, get your spot, three metres square, and try to charm as many worms from the ground as you can!
You can use any equipment you find useful, from musical instruments, to water, to stamping your feet. The team who can collect the worms WIN, and there will be a prize!
Celebrate the Worm Charming Champion with some BBQ food after a long day of biological recording, ready for the night time activities to begin!
SOUND RECORDING FOR MIGRATION 8PM – 8:30PM
Use a Zoom, a Pringles tube and Audacity software to record and identify birds migrating at night!
BAT DETECTING 8:30PM – 9:30PM
Join Heather from Wild intrigue to discover which species of Bats live on campus, listen to them call with a Bat detector, and learn how to identify the species we find.
MOTH TRAPPING 9:30PM – 1AM
Butterflies are known to be beautiful, but have you seen their night-time counterparts? There are 2,500 species of moth in the UK, come and find out which species live on campus.
NIGHT VISION 10PM – 11PM
Get hands on with AV’s night vision equipment, to discover creatures of the night.