BioBlitz at Bodelwyddan

On the 15th July, The Conservation Volunteers helped out at a public event at Bodelwyddan Castle woodlands in Rhyl. TCV have worked in partnership with Bodelwyddan Castle Trust for a number of years and have undertaken a number of projects to improve the number of habitats for wildlife including the creation of ponds, butterfly rides, coppicing and re-instating the orchard.  Many of the projects have been supported by Environment Wales and this year has been no different with a biodiversity grant enabling the group to monitor what mammals are on site and be able to share this information by recording their behaviour.

At the BioBlitz event, local experts from around the area come together to monitor what species can be found on the site. Together they monitored everything from beetles to flora and fauna to bats and moths. In summary, there were 419 species recorded on the day, 219 of which are new to the location, 3 are on the UKBAP and 9 species are on the Denbighshire LBAP. A fantastic result.  Some of the species recorded on the day included buff tailed bumblebee, house sparrow, marsh tit, cinnabar moth, soprano pipistrelle bat, common blue damsefly, italian lords and ladies and coral-spot fungus.

If you would like to visit the woodland or the castle, take a look at http://www.bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk/ or if you are interested in volunteering there, please get in touch http://www.tcv.org.uk.

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