BioBlitz: Help detect bats and ring birds in nocturnal wildlife session

Pipistrelle bat in flight
Pipistrelle bat in flight

Eagle-eyed wildlife lovers in South Tyneside are needed to take part in a 22 hour wildlife audit.

The National Trust team at Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn is hosting a BioBlitz starting at 10pm tonight to record coastal wildlife.

The outdoor event is one of 25 interactive wildlife surveys happening across the UK this summer.

Events include bat detecting, bird ringing and insect sweeping.

Experts will work closely with students and volunteers to discover and record as many animals and plants as possible.

All discoveries will be recorded and then submitted to local wildlife record centres and the National Biodiversity Network to help understand how wildlife along the coast is changing.

Our coastal BioBlitzes offer a unique opportunity for experts to tell us more about the wildlife that is on our coasts.

David Bullock, head of nature conservation for the Trust

The National Trust will also use the findings to determine the conservation management needs of Whitburn Coastal Park and The Leas.

David Bullock, head of nature conservation for the trust, said: “We know that people visit trust properties on the coast because they are so beautiful. But we also know that many would like to get under the skin of what is there; the special plants and animals that live there.

“Our coastal BioBlitzes offer a unique opportunity for experts to tell us more about the wildlife that is on our coasts, and for visitors to learn more about what is in the rockpools and mud, and what is flying around at night on our coasts.”

Volunteers with wildlife knowledge can help out with the event from leading on identifying species to talking to visitors about the work that’s taking place.

Visitors are also invited to join in with the fun by taking part in the free activities.

To find out more about how to take part in the BioBlitz, contact Dougie Holden on 07920 722618.