Box Wood Bioblitz 13th-14th May
From midday on Saturday 13th to midday on Sunday 14th May members of the Stroud Wildlife Survey Group joined GCER's Biodiversity Information Officer, Rob, and Gloucestershire Naturalists' Trust recorders to undertake a 24-hour “bioblitz” of Box Wood. The aim was to record as many species of flora and fauna as possible to build up a baseline of data on this newly-acquired GWT reserve. Activities included mammal-trapping and bat-detecting as well as field survey for plants and animals.
Over 350 birds, plants, fungi, invertebrates, lichens and mammals were recorded. The weather was mostly nice and the good villagers of Box turned up both to join in and to share their excellent village hall catering. Many thanks to Box community for their hospitality, which helped to make the day special. Highlights included finding badger pawprints in the "hedgehog tunnels" (badgers are too curious to resist these!), and an exotic-looking Snakefly - a rarely-recorded, distant relative of lacewings. Many thanks to everyone who took part.