THE ‘BIG COUNT’ 2015

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……

FOX CUBS

FOX CUBS

BEE ORCHID

BEE ORCHID

LARGE RED DAMSELFLY

LARGE RED DAMSELFLY

COMMON SPOTTED ORCHIDS

COMMON SPOTTED ORCHIDS

REDSTART

REDSTART

WEASEL

WEASEL

PEACOCK

PEACOCK

STORM PETREL RINGING

STORM PETREL RINGING

BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS

BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS

All in all this promises to be an exciting year for everyone involved with The Big Count 2015 – bring it on!

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