Chris Packham’s Bioblitz Campaign is coming to Filey on July 18th!
Highlighting the State of Our Nation’s Wildlife

TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham is coming to Filey Bird Observatory as part of the first independent audit of its kind in the UK involving Citizen Science. His goal is to highlight the extent to which the nation’s species are under threat.

On July 18th, he’ll be visiting Filey as one of a selection of national sites he’ll be stopping off as part of his UK Bioblitz – nature reserves are not enough! campaign

Chris’s UK Bioblitz – nature reserves are not enough! campaign has a serious purpose, as the results of the 2018 audit will be recorded to create a benchmark: this will help measure the rise and fall in numbers of different species at these special sites in the future.   

He’ll be starting off in the Scottish Highlands on July 14th and over the course of ten days he’ll weave his way across the UK, taking in Northern Ireland, Wales and parts of England along the route. All forms of life will be investigated in this snapshot of the country’s wildlife: from flies to fungi, mammals to moths and birds to butterflies. 

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At each site Chris and the UK Bioblitz team (which includes hundreds of experts, young conservationists and film makers and people from all backgrounds and abilities) will be helped by species specialists and enthusiastic amateurs to pinpoint the winners and losers in the battle for Britain’s countryside.  

Chris Packham comments:
‘I’m doing this because I want to highlight that the UK’s landscape is in big trouble. We should have a far greater expectation of having wildlife around us all of the time but sadly we find ourselves going to nature reserves.

The ultimate aim is to celebrate some conservation success stories, but also to flag up some of its failures.’  

Chris concludes:
‘We treat them like they’re museums and art galleries, we go there, we get fully satisfied there’s lots of life, but on the way home when we’re driving through the countryside there’s nothing left. Some parts of it are absolutely bereft, they’re deserts, and what we want to do is say to people ‘that’s not good enough’. We want wildlife everywhere; nature reserves are not enough.’

The campaign is also crowd-funding with all monies raised being distributed back into grass roots front-line conservation projects they’ve visited throughout the campaign, as well as The National Autistic Society.

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