A Solitary Mining bee feeds on Hawksbeard flowers in the foreground as members of the public join a scientist in the background to record the number of species found at Arnos Vale Cemetery during a Bioblitz survey. Entomologist Pete "The Bug Man" Dawson sweeping for insects during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz as members of the public watch. Entomologist Pete "The Bug Man" Dawson describing insect behaviour to children during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz. A Thick-legged flower beetle, found during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz, held carefully in a hand. A Red-tailed bumblebee, held temporarily in a collecting tube, shown to members of the public during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz. Volunteer Shen Yan Liow points to inky Hedgehog footprints left in a footprint tunnel, as mammalogist Gill Brown matches them with examples in an identification chart during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz. Family pond dipping for fish and invertebrates with other pond-dippers in the background during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz. A Young boy held by his mother as he holds up a collecting pot after a pond-dipping session during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz. A boy pond-dipping as his parents watch during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz. A boy points to his catch of Minnow fry and invertebrates during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz. Mammalogist Emma Koblizek inspects a small mammal caught in a live trap and tipped into a temporary holding box during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Reserve Bioblitz. Mother and children looking at a young Wood mouse live-trapped during a Bioblitz survey at Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve.
  • A Solitary Mining bee feeds on Hawksbeard flowers in the foreground as members of the public join a scientist in the background to record the number of species found at Arnos Vale Cemetery during a Bioblitz survey.

    A Solitary Mining bee feeds on Hawksbeard flowers in the foreground as members of the public join a scientist in the background to record the number of species found at Arnos Vale Cemetery during a Bioblitz survey.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • Entomologist Pete "The Bug Man" Dawson sweeping for insects during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz as members of the public watch.

    Entomologist Pete "The Bug Man" Dawson sweeping for insects during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz as members of the public watch.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • Entomologist Pete "The Bug Man" Dawson describing insect behaviour to children during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz.

    Entomologist Pete "The Bug Man" Dawson describing insect behaviour to children during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • A Thick-legged flower beetle, found during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz, held carefully in a hand.

    A Thick-legged flower beetle, found during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz, held carefully in a hand.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • A Red-tailed bumblebee, held temporarily in a collecting tube, shown to members of the public during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz.

    A Red-tailed bumblebee, held temporarily in a collecting tube, shown to members of the public during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • Volunteer Shen Yan Liow points to inky Hedgehog footprints left in a footprint tunnel, as mammalogist Gill Brown matches them with examples in an identification chart during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz.

    Volunteer Shen Yan Liow points to inky Hedgehog footprints left in a footprint tunnel, as mammalogist Gill Brown matches them with examples in an identification chart during Arnos Vale Cemetery Bioblitz.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • Family pond dipping for fish and invertebrates with other pond-dippers in the background during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz.

    Family pond dipping for fish and invertebrates with other pond-dippers in the background during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • A Young boy held by his mother as he holds up a collecting pot after a pond-dipping session during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz.

    A Young boy held by his mother as he holds up a collecting pot after a pond-dipping session during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • A boy pond-dipping as his parents watch during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz.

    A boy pond-dipping as his parents watch during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • A boy points to his catch of Minnow fry and invertebrates during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz.

    A boy points to his catch of Minnow fry and invertebrates during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Bioblitz.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • Mammalogist Emma Koblizek inspects a small mammal caught in a live trap and tipped into a temporary holding box during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Reserve Bioblitz.

    Mammalogist Emma Koblizek inspects a small mammal caught in a live trap and tipped into a temporary holding box during Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve Reserve Bioblitz.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • Mother and children looking at a young Wood mouse live-trapped during a Bioblitz survey at Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve.

    Mother and children looking at a young Wood mouse live-trapped during a Bioblitz survey at Abbot's Pool and Woodland Reserve.

    • Lieu : Bristol
    • Pays : United Kingdom

Bioblitz surveys, first conducted in the USA in 1996 have since become very popular in the UK and many other countries, and often involve families joining scientists and specialists to survey the variety of wildlife living in habitats close to human settlement. Two Bioblitz surveys carried out near Bristol, in an urban cemetery and a suburban woodland with a large pond, attracted many families who discovered how rich these local landscapes can be. Entomologists inspired children with insect finds and stories about how they live. Mammalogists revealed how many small mammals live around us using footprint tunnels and live traps, and whole families enjoyed the experience of pond-dipping for small fish and aquatic invertebrates. Bioblitzes produce valuable records of the biodiversity of an area, often revealing species not found there before, but also encourage people to take an interest in and interact with wildlife, a truly vital and important role.