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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)

John Newbould, YNU President and former General Secretary, was elected to Honorary Membership of the National Biodiversity Network Trust in recognition of his long-term, dedicated support for the study of natural history and especially his support of amateur biological recording.  The award was presented by Professor Michael Hassell CBE (Chairman of the NBN Trust) at the NBN Conference on Friday 23rd November at the Royal Society, London.  

John joined the YNU in 1978 and played a key role in administration of the Union, steering it through a period of great change.  He became Treasurer in 1995 and General Secretary in 2004, carrying out these essential roles until just before his 70th birthday.   John has also been a Council member of the National Federation for Biological Recording continuously since 1999, first as as Treasurer, Membership Secretary and currently as Secretary.
John moved to Dorset in 1999 where he is Field Secretary of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, a trustee of Dorset Environmental Records Centre and a National Trust volunteer ecologist mainly working for the West Dorset team, and yet still finds time to 'commute' to Yorkshire to take part in YNU meetings and events!

Brownfield Sites and their Importance for Biodiversity
 
For a reminder of the proceedings of the day, or for those who were unable to attend and are interested in the topic, Sarah West has compiled a document available to download below.

A number of speakers gave presentations, which are available to view as PDF's by Downloading Here.

  • Claire Dinham - Brownfield Stepping Stones: A landscape scale approach to brownfield conservation
  • Dr Sarah Henshall - Setting the scene in the UK. What is our brownfield resource?
  • Phil WheaterUrban brownfield sites, the good, the bad & the ugly?
  • Kevin Rich - Greenspacing Brownfields: A good deal for Invertebrates?
  • Phil Wheater - Local Nature Partnerships: (How) can brownfield sites contribute?

Many thanks to our speakers, our members attending and organisers who made the day enjoyable.