Come and enjoy a buzzing Bioblitz – at Stackpole!
Today (Saturday 21st July 11,00a.m.), there
will be a blitz of wildlife surveying at the Stackpole estate in
Pembrokeshire. The challenge is on to record as many species of
plants and animals as possible in 24 hours.
Silver studded blue butterfly, Photo ©CCW
Stackpole cliff and coastal grassland, Photo ©CCW
With flowers such as the sea carrot and the yellow horned poppy
in bloom and birds and insects all around, it’s a great time to see
the reserve at its busiest.
So why not come down and join the Bioblitz and see what you can
learn about the wealth of wildlife on this special part of Wales’
Paul Culyer, Senior Reserve Manager for the Countryside Council
for Wales (CCW), said:
“The variety of habitats on the estate, allow you to see an
amazing array of wildlife here, and the Bioblitz is the perfect
opportunity. Look out for the dragonflies patrolling the lakes! If
you’re lucky, you can see otters in search of a fishy meal, or head
for the clifftops for a sight of birds such as the rare Chough or
the Razorbills near Broadhaven and Barafundle bay. The
scrambled-egg lichen is a particular favourite of mine, see if you
can spot it?”
Paul added: “The estate also houses numerous bat species, and is
home to nearly 10 per cent of Britain’s endangered Greater
Horseshoe Bats. So there’s plenty of wildlife for people to come
There will be free events throughout the day and into the
evening, finishing off on Sunday morning. The events at Stackpole
Quay include a chance to explore the rocky shoreline and an
opportunity to pose any questions to the marine biologists, whilst
at the Stackpole Centre you can take part in butterfly and
dragonfly surveys and learn all about bushcraft around the estate.
There will also be a night time bat and moth walk.
The excellent access and facilities at Stackpole, which include
three car parks, mean that the reserve is accessible to people of
all abilities and caters for families. The 1.5km lakeside path
close to Stackpole Centre has wheelchair access and is a gentle
scenic route to the coast.
Stackpole estate is owned by the National Trust. The majority of
the site is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest
(SSSI), a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a National Nature
Reserve (NNR) and is managed in partnership with the Countryside
Council for Wales.
The National Trust (NT) and CCW often have walks and talks for
visitors. The NT run courses from their Outdoor Learning Centre, so
if you would like to find out more contact: 01646 661425 or visit
NOTES TO EDITORS
For more information contact CCW Press Office; Brân Devey on
02920 772 403 / 07747767443 or Helen Evans on 01248 387377 /
The Countryside Council for Wales is a Welsh Government
Sponsored Body, working for a better Wales where everyone values
and cares for our natural environment www.ccw.gov.uk.