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A Bioblitz is a race against time to record as many species as possible at a particular location – this could be a city park, a seashore, a local nature reserve or even a whole town!

Bioblitzes are a great way to introduce people of all ages to the rewarding activity of identifying and recording wildlife, as well as collecting a useful set of biological records for a site.  If your organisation is thinking about running a Bioblitz in Yorkshire, there is a very useful guide now available to download from the YNU website.

This guide was produced by a team of people who have who have been involved in running bioblitzes in Yorkshire over the past two years, including the Scarborough Bioblitz which was run in June 2011 as part of the YNU’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and the York Bioblitz which took place in York Museum Gardens in June 2012.

The guide is full of useful tips for planning your event and making sure everything runs smoothly on the day, and includes some innovative ideas such as Bioblitz Bingo and the Evaluation Tree!  Want to find out more?  Download the guide here.

Thanks to the following people for producing and sharing this guide and to OPAL for providing support for the Yorkshire Bioblitzes:

Sarah West (Stockholm Environment Institute - York)

Isla Gladstone and Emma Williams (York Museums Trust)

Mark Wills and Simon Pickles (North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre)

Dan Jones (Humber Environmental Data Centre)

Kerry Netherway and Paula McMillan (Natural England)

Paula Lightfoot (Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union)