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Bioblitzers at the start of the 24 hours - the heavens opened

Andrew and Lydia Pickett on the Butterfly Walk on Sunday c Teresa Frost.jpg

Sun came out for the Butterfly Walk on Sunday morning


Wren caught in a mist net in the walled garden by a qualified bird ringer


Writing things down is as much a part of recording as fieldcraft


Elephant hawkmoth caterpillar, named for moving its tapered “nose” in front of its fake “eyes” like a trunk


Wood mouse caught overnight


Eel caught in the mill stream


Ruby Tiger, one of 50 moths trapped over night


Stream dipping


Some of the other moths caught overnight


On 19th and 20th July 2014 The CBDC team, Allerdale Borough Council and Tullie House Museum joined forces to hold a 24 hour BioBlitz in Curwen Park, Workington. The current BioBlitz species total stands at 424 (excluding genus level records and hybrids), adding 351 new species to the previous list held on the CBDC database, which stood at just 107 species. However, invertebrate specimens are still being identified (as of 8th September) so the species list is set to rise further before it's made final. This is a very pleasing result and it was only made possible by some dedicated recorders spending several hours covering all corners of this large park on what was one of the wettest days of the year on the Saturday. The weather did brighten up on for the final hour on Sunday morning and many of the day-flying insects revealed themselves for the first time in the 24 hours, allowing a final flurry of recording as the clock ran down. Species highlights of the event including Old Lady Moth (Mormo maura) and Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) amongst others. Please download the provisional species list below to see more. We'd like to give a big thank you to all who volunteered and recorded on the day as well as Allerdale Disability Association and Helena Thompson Museum for hosting us!

The provisional list can be downloaded here [Download Excel Species List]. 

Watch this space for a finalised list coming soon!

 Curwen Park BioBlitz Poster