I hope everybody is gearing up for this year’s Island Bioblitz! What is a BioBlitz? A BioBlitz is a period of intense biological survey that is conducted to record the diversity and range of species within a given area. Participants can range from professional scientists to amateur enthusiasts with the majority operating on a voluntary basis. BioBlitz events have been taking place in Ireland since 2010 and every year the National Biodiversity Data Centre come up with new and exciting ways to get the community involved. This year we see five offshore islands competing to record the most species of wildlife over a 24-hour period. As a compliment to the event the Island Wildlife Festival will also be running from the 7th – 12th June which has a range of activities that will look at wildlife in your local area and some of the historical traditions associated with your Island. You can find a detailed list of all of the events here. As an added incentive for the Island participants, there are six prizes to be given at the end of the recording process for the following:
- Most Species (most species recorded)
- Species Richness (most species recorded by area)
- Most Productive Team (the highest average number of records by team members)
- Most Marine Species (to highlight marine biodiversity)
- Conservation Species (the most threatened and protected species recorded)
- Booby Biodiversity (to recognise daft or novel ideas, heroic failure, too much partying, etc)
Our very own Deep Maps team member Breda will be on Cape Clear for the weekend getting involved in the activities so we are expecting great things (no pressure Breda!).
Don’t forget this is an open event with very straightforward rules for recording and participation. If you are in any doubt you can find information here and there is also a list of contacts for each island here. The BioBlitz is a great opportunity to get out and see the wonderful array of wildlife your island has to offer and to get to know people in your area. If you can’t make it, you can of course follow your island’s progress online via the BioBlitz website or by following #BioBlitz2016 on twitter.
The very best of luck to the participants from everyone on the Deep Maps team.