CAN BIOBLITZ 2011 – What an event!

CAN BioBlitz becomes the first to break the 1000 species barrier


A BioBig thank you to all who attended the County’s biggest ever BioBlitz at Norton Priory last weekend funded by The National Lottery and OPAL. It was a tremendous success with around 540 people attending. Both experts and visitors recorded an unimaginable amount of taxa that has now surpassed a 1000 species. We have learned through our hotline to the local records centre rECOrd that we have already 1000 species records which has surpassed our wildest dreams and to our knowledge is the biggest tally of any 24 hour BioBlitz in the UK! Well done all of you, and well done Norton Priory, once a place known for its history, and now shown as an exceptional place for natural history. Please revisit for the final tally.

It’s a rare occurrence when everything comes together but what more could we have asked for; the weather was superb, the location at Norton Priory Museum and Grounds was perfect, the staff and volunteers were helpful, hardworking and enthusiastic, rECOrd remained undaunted throughout the day with the task of dealing with buckets of data being thrown at them, and the experts, general naturalists, helpers and visitors took the task of seeking out species in their stride.  THANK YOU

Images below by Susan McManus, Sam Harmer, Danny Woodward, and Andy Harmer

CAN BioBlitz Habitat Map

Below is a map that outlines the various features and habitats to be covered during the CAN BioBlitz at Norton Priory.

Please use the key down the sidebars to find out what the area is called and click on the link to look at pictures from the area.

This map is a derivative of a larger map produced initially by Donald Insall Associates and used here with their permission.

Though an expressway divides the two sites, a pedestrian and vehicular bridge links the two.