Lackford Lakes’ BioBlitz species count beats the record for Suffolk by at least 58

This vole was one of 17 species of mammals recorded, along with deer, an otter and  plenty of homo sapiens Pictures by Mecha Morton  ANL-150208-232422009
This vole was one of 17 species of mammals recorded, along with deer, an otter and plenty of homo sapiens Pictures by Mecha Morton ANL-150208-232422009
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Last weekend’s BioBlitz on Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Lackford Lakes has been the most successful the trust has held.

They had people come from as far as Dorset to take part in an attempt to count as many species as possible in 24 hours.

Imogen, 11, and Isobel Collier, eight, help Simone Bullion, senior conservation advisor for Suffolk Wildlife Trust, release a vole

Imogen, 11, and Isobel Collier, eight, help Simone Bullion, senior conservation advisor for Suffolk Wildlife Trust, release a vole

By Wednesday, 656 of the species logged had been identified with a few of the more difficult ones still to be confirmed.

The previous record for a Suffolk BioBlitz was a mere 598 species.

Visitor assistant Hawk Honey said more than 250 people attended.

“We had families and individuals taking part, with a family of three coming from Dorset just for the BioBlitz,” he said. “It was good to see that.”

Thomas, nine, and Sophie Redman, six, are fully armed to go on a bug hunt

Thomas, nine, and Sophie Redman, six, are fully armed to go on a bug hunt

Every living organism was recorded. One of the surprises was basil thyme, a plant classed as being vulnerable that they did not know was growing at Lackford.

In fact, flowering plants were top of the list with 458 records of 295 species, with birds next at 126 records of 65 species, including a water rail and a green sandpiper.

However, while ‘only’ 21 butterfly species were logged, that represents more than a third of the UK’s native species, while the 14 dragon and damsel flies is about a quarter of the UK species.

The moth traps revealed 51 species while 26 species of spider were noted.

Surprisingly, though Lackford Lakes has grass snakes and common lizards, only one reptile was spotted, a slow worm.

Mammals included an otter and even a record for ‘homo sapiens’.