Clare Castle Country Park Trust is hosting a Community Bioblitz on Saturday 16th May and are looking for volunteer to support the day.
What is a bioblitz?
A bioblitz is a burst of intense biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Expert scientists, naturalists and volunteers are on hand all day to share their knowledge and engage with the public.
We are looking for a number of volunteers to help us run this event.
Individual roles include:
- Helping families and visitors register to take part in the day and overseeing the borrowing of kits e.g. bug hunting, pond dipping etc.
- Taking part in surveying or leading activities for families to enjoy
- Conducting biological surveys to help us build robust data set so that we better understand the diversity of the Park
- Gathering feedback from visitors and generally being an extra pair of hands on the day.
Depending on the role that you would like to take on the day, the skills required will vary. For those who wish to lead a survey, an understanding of adequate surveying methods, health and safety and recording data is required.
For other roles, it is important that you feel comfortable engaging with members of the public and are confident when working independently as there may be times that you are carrying out a role with one other volunteer, or alone.
You will learn a great deal about biodiversity, surveying and nature throughout the day with plenty of opportunity for you to join a tour and do some surveying yourself.
You will also learn about the inner workings of an event through various activities throughout the day e.g. registering families, collecting feedback, helping with identification and much more.
General roles will be suitable for young people (over 16) with more hands on roles and surveying being suitable for those over 18
To find out more before getting involved please get in touch with the Trust. The event is due to run between 10-4 on Saturday 16th May.
Nestled away in the delightful village of Clare, Clare Castle Country Park contains the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep set upon its 60ft high motte overlooking the town. The Castle's inner inner and outer baileys are ideal areas for recreation and picnics with the inner bailey also containing the former railway station which is now a Listed building.
Various walks and trails weave through the park which sits along the banks of the River Stour. Our rich flora and fauna is further complimented by a diverse population of wildlife.
After recently securing Heritage Lottery Funding, the park is undergoing renovation works and improving its facilities for the local community and visitors to Clare.