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Bristol BioBlitz launches Bristol99 this weekend at Kings Weston. Get ready for a 30 hour wildlife extravaganza!

3 DAYS TO GO UNTIL THE BRISTOL BIOBLITZ AT KINGS WESTON – HURRAH!  This year, it marks a particularly special occasion – the launch event of Bristol99, a pilot project to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bristol Festival of Nature.  For 6 weeks, starting with the Bristol BioBlitz, Bristol Natural History Consortium will be working with partners to deliver a huge variety of FREE activities (currently, about 40 and counting!) on some of Bristol’s best wildlife sites – the 99 Sites of Nature Conservation Interest.  From the 30 hour wildlife recording extravaganza that is the main Bristol BioBlitz, to a gentle cycle ride along the Malago Valley looking at wildflowers, an evening bat walk, or a glimpse into the world of the water vole, there truly is something to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

Bristol99 concludes it’s journey around Bristol at Bristol Harbourside, for the big finale – Bristol Festival of Nature, on the weekend of 15th/16th June.  Bringing together over 150 organisations for an exciting and interactive programme, it is the UK’s largest FREE natural history event and a truly great day out, whether or not you are a wildlife aficionado!

So why not make Bristol BioBlitz the start of a summer exploring the wildlife hot spots of our wonderful city? Come along to a few of the Bristol99 events in the weeks to follow, and then join us at the Festival of Nature!  I can’t think of a better, or cheaper way to have fun in the (hopefully) sun!

By Lucy Gaze


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Welcome to our blog.

Since November 2012, Kings Weston Action Group (KWAG) have been beavering away, with the help of the Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC) and ExtraVerte Community Projects CIC (EV) to organize a BioBlitz at Kings Weston Estate.

What’s a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a way to pull in the massed effort of professional naturalists, schools and members of the public to investigate and catalogue all the species of flora and fauna in an area.

Why do this at Kings Weston Estate?

Because the Estate was a formal, planned landscape but fell into disuse over the years.  We want to find out what remains of planned landscape and how it has influenced the ecology of the remaining parkland.