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Seashore safaris at BioBlitz day in Woolacombe

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

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SEASHORE safaris on Woolacombe and Barricane beaches, a butterfly walk on Woolacombe Dunes and a sea mammal watch out at Morte Point are all part of the fun at a BioBlitz day on Saturday..

The scientific survey, to celebrate UNESCO North Devon Biosphere's 10th anniversary, also includes explorations of stream life, sand dune habitats, bird life and seaweed identification. Craft activities and i-spy events will help to make it a fun day for all ages.

The aim of a BioBlitz is to count the number of the plants and animals in a given location within a specified number of hours.

"We want to enthuse people about their local natural world," said Jim Monroe, a member of Coastwise North Devon. "This will be a community effort, guided by experts, and at the end of the day we will have made a real and valuable contribution to our knowledge and awareness of the precious habitats on our doorstep."

The Biosphere's science-for-all domed tent will be on Woolacombe Esplanade and will provide the focal point for data recording and video and photographic feedback of the information collected throughout the day.

Microscopes will be on hand for identification of small creatures, and wildlife experts will be available to answer any questions that arise.

The event is on Saturday, September 7. A timetable of activities is at www.coastwise northdevon.org.uk.

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