New Year’s Day saw the official start of THE BIG COUNT 2015. This is a joint venture between N.T. Ranger team (The Leas), Coastal Conservation Group volunteers and specialist working partners.
The project is basically a full year of wildlife recording, with the intention of creating a database of all ‘wild things’ seen in, over and from Whitburn Coastal Park. This sort of thing, on this scale has never been done before and will hopefully act as a benchmark /start point for similar work in the future.
We already know the area is rich in Biodiversity but as things stand we’re not exactly sure as to what extent; however we plan to reveal more in the coming year and results will be shared with relevant organisations.
Survey work/research is planned at targeting the following groups.
Insects, Butterflies, Moths, Dragonflies & Damselflies, Bees, Mammals (from small mammals to Cetaceans), Birds (including a continuous 8 week intensive Storm Petrel ringing programme), Marine & Seashore life, Wildflowers, Grasses, Fungi, Mosses, etc, etc – here’s a taster of things to come……
All in all this promises to be an exciting year for everyone involved with The Big Count 2015 – bring it on!