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The Big Bank Holiday Wildlife Hunt! 19 August 2011

How many different sorts of wildlife can be found at the Raggatt in 24 hours? This is the challenge. This is known as a Bioblitz, a new way of recording our wildlife involving everyone. Wildlife specialists on the Island will be sharing their enthusiasm for finding and naming wildlife with the public, families and anyone who wants to join in.

“During the day participants will search the river banks, fossick among the bushes, turn over stones, dabble in pools, and peer into crevices, through binoculars and down microscopes. to see what magnificent and mysterious biodiversity lurks at the Raggatt, among the trees, along the river and in the marsh, pools and banks by the Heritage Trail. The more eyes and ears the better. Come and join us!” says Liz Charter, a Government Biodiversity Officer.

The main event is taking place at the Raggatt on Sunday 28th August (or the 29th if very wet). The night before there is a Manx Bat Group bat walk to see how many different bats can be detected at the same site starting at 8.30 pm (details from Richard Selman 450076). The Raggatt is just south of Glenfaba Bridge on the road south from Peel to Patrick.

During the day there will be a programme of activities, starting with seeing and hearing the local birds at 9.00 am, opening a moth trap at 9.30 am, various bug, butterfly and mini-beast explorations during the day. In the afternoon the diverse plant life and flowers will be blitzed. The event finishes with a chance to see “fishing with a difference” in the Neb, with the DEFA fisheries team demonstrating electro-fishing. For further information on the day’s programme see the DEFA (www.gov.im/defa) and Government event websites (www.gov.im/eventsearch.gov?page=2) or ring Liz Charter on 450078.

The challenge is to see how many different types of wildlife can be named at this site. Everyone is welcome to this free event. There will be light refreshments available to buy in the base camp marquee. Please park at the Royal Show field, Knockaloe which is kindly being made available by the Royal Manx Agricultural Show.

The event is organised by DEFA and the Manx Wildlife Trust, is sponsored by Colas and taking place with the kind permission of the land owner.

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