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2016 Wildlife Discovery Day

2nd June 2016

More than 350 people came along to the Blackdown Hills Natural Futures second 'Bioblitz' Wildlife Discovery Day at Tracey Estate Parkland and Gardens on 1 June.

Visitors helped our experts explore the site's varied wildlife: looking for birds, butterflies, moths and mini-beasts, and identifying plants and wildflowers. There were plenty of opportunities to get up close with creatures of all sizes: from large birds of prey to small mammals, through to tiny freshwater bugs. Information stands and wildlife-themed craft activities kept children and adults busy throughout the day. People also made time to relax and enjoy the delightful surroundings with a cream tea or a picnic on the lawn.

A huge thank you to our volunteers and experts, to the Furnival family for letting us use the beautiful Tracey Estate, and everyone who came along to make our Wildlife Discovery Day such a success. In particular we would like to thank: Devon Biodiversity Record Centre, Devon Mammal Group, Devon Reptile and Amphibian Group, Devon Bird of Prey Centre, Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, Devon Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, RSPB, The Devonshire Society, and Butterfly Conservation.

Click here for some more photos from the event (Flickr page)

Click here to see a film of the event (YouTube)

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