Brandon Country Park Bioblitz volunteers find 250+ species

Brandon Country Park bioblitz''Pictured: Abbie (7) and Liam Tuffen (10) along with volunteer Tony Irwin looking at insects found whilst pond dipping ANL-151110-231617009
Brandon Country Park bioblitz''Pictured: Abbie (7) and Liam Tuffen (10) along with volunteer Tony Irwin looking at insects found whilst pond dipping ANL-151110-231617009
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About 100 people helped record 254 species, from ruddy darters to green elf cups, at the Brandon Country Park Bioblitz on Sunday.

Eight experts were on hand to help identify some of the species found, using microscopes for the smallest and were still identifying species on Thursday. The final total is expected to top 300.

Brandon Country Park bioblitz''Pictured: Christopher Frost (4) looking for bugs and insects ANL-151110-231606009

Brandon Country Park bioblitz''Pictured: Christopher Frost (4) looking for bugs and insects ANL-151110-231606009

Bioblitz was organised by Norfolk’s Environmental Records Centre (NBIS) and forms part of Wildlife Recorders of Tomorrow a Breaking New Ground project in the Brecks supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Su Waldron, of Norfolk County Council’s community and environmental services, said: “There was a very good range of discoveries, from flowering plants, to fungi, insects, birds, molluscs, ferns and even fish.

“Some amazing and very colourful fungus turned up in the woods such as green elf cup; purple amethyst deceiver and

coral fungus. A beautiful male ruddy darter dragonfly was spotted.”

Brandon Country Park bioblitz''Pictured: Adrian Parr (Suffolk Dragonfly recorder), Project Officer Sam Neal, Andy Brazil (Norfolk Butterfly recorder) and Bob Ellis (East Norfolk Plant recorder) - All looking at the bugs and insects found ANL-151110-231629009

Brandon Country Park bioblitz''Pictured: Adrian Parr (Suffolk Dragonfly recorder), Project Officer Sam Neal, Andy Brazil (Norfolk Butterfly recorder) and Bob Ellis (East Norfolk Plant recorder) - All looking at the bugs and insects found ANL-151110-231629009

A full list of what was found is at www.nbis.org.uk

To learn more about Wildlife Recorders of Tomorrow visit www.breakingnewground.org.uk