by guest-blogger Melissa Wilson, student volunteer.
This weekend brought the first Bio Blitz of the academic year where students and staff volunteers joined together to record the diversity of species for the Dane Valley Woods community project.
The event took place on the 13 acre Dane Valley site in Margate; an area run entirely by local volunteers, who work together to create new woodland in a sustainable community-owned wild space. The project aims to encourage participation in creating and managing the woods for education, health and wildlife.
Thankfully we were fortunate with the weather and all enjoyed clear blue skies and sun – a great contrast from the previous weekend! The three main events of the day included documenting local flora species, looking for local reptiles and recording pond diversity.
Some exciting spotting’s included a Bank Vole and many Common Lizards.
The day was very important for increasing student and public perception of the importance of biodiversity and provided volunteers with a chance to work with wildlife, meet new people, make new friends, gain team work skills and most importantly have some fun! Many student volunteers discussed how they thoroughly enjoyed the day and were very thankful to all the staff volunteers who gave their time to make the day a success.
If you are interested in student volunteering don’t hesitate to contact Judy Challis (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Volunteering Coordinator, or if you are interested specifically in Sustainability or Biodiversity volunteering opportunities feel free to contact Lucy Brown or Felicity Ravenwood from the university’s sustainability team (email@example.com).