Christchurch’s Stanpit Marsh bioblitz reveals 400 species

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A ‘bioblitz’ held over a 24-hour period at Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve in Christchurch Harbour has logged more than 400 species of plants and animals.

The event focused on finding and identifying as many species as possible on the marsh. Organised by Christchurch Council’s Countryside Service, it was designed as a way of carrying out an up-to-date survey of the reserve but also to give everybody the opportunity to join in with the survey and find out about biodiversity and conservation.

Throughout the day and night people had the chance to find out about the work of their local countryside service and to join scientists and naturalists to spot and add to the wildlife inventory for the marsh.
The Saturday day-time events included an early morning photographic workshop, bird tours, plant walks, pond and stream dipping and minibeast safaris.

June 6, 2013 |

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