We at the Friends of Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park get to see the range of wildlife and varied habitat within the park and want to run a Plants and Beasties Hunt to not only document this but also share with the local community and particularly young people.
The park received a Local Biodiversity Site status this year and we are looking to compile an up-to-date species list so as to support the site to retain this special status in years to come. Wildlife and habitat will be the eventual beneficiaries as we understand better how our efforts on improving habitats is having an impact on biodiversity in this green corridor.
We are particularly pleased to have several community days with a particular focus on children and young people, community guided walks and many volunteers to help with the actual species trapping and expert identification. This would assist in raising awareness on the importance of this site on their doorstep, encourage local schools to use this amazing resource in the new Curriculum of Excellence and encourage more people to sign up to the Friends of BBVP membership and support our effort in looking after this special Natural Heritage park.
We intend to have a marquee in the Park on community activity days with charts of wildlife, reference books and most importantly species experts to lead on collection and answer any questions local volunteers and young people may have about the Park. In teams, volunteers and young people will use nets, traps, collection jars and so on to map the Park wildlife. They will bring their samples back to the marquee and write down where they collected the sample, try to work out what they’ve got, how many and discuss what that means for the ecology of the Park.
Some of the plants and beasties we will look for are;
Flowers and grasses: survey of the wildflower meadow at Burdiehouse end, woodlands flora/grasses around Dip and flowers/ grasses growing in Moredun woodBirds: breeding bird survey usually during day time in May and June. Dawn chorus led walk in March/April. Check of bird boxes in Moredun wood being used (Autumn)
Bats: Check of Bat boxes in Moredun wood. Bat walk in August/Sept.
Mammals: Trapping of small mammals. Looking for signs (faeces, hairs, tracks etc).
Aquatic flora and fauna: sampling of invertebrates found in the burn. Fish trapping/electrocuting? Survey of plants growing in the burn.
Invertebrates: insect pitfall traps, use of nets to catch flying insects; swiping leaves/shaking shrubs and trees; butterfly survey/count anytime from April to September; Bumblebee survey anytime from April to September;
Moth trapping anytime from April to September
Mosses: in young and mature woodlands, along burn and in grassland around wildflower meadow. Study stone boundary wall around Moredun wood.
Ferns: Moredun wood and stone boundary wall around Moredun wood
Fungi: woodlands, Spring to Autumn
We think 150 people will be involved over the year on the BioBlitz, many of them young people from schools, youth and scout groups. Please support us on a year of discovery and fun that benefits all the visitors to this urban nature reserve and park.
If the amount you wish to donate is not listed on this page then please visit the Donate to a park page, choose Park Fund and type Buirdiehouse Burn in the Park field then type "bioblitz" in the Why did you want to support this park/city fund? field.
Please donate and help with the Plants and Beasties Hunt in Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park!!
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If we are successful in securing funding we plan to run the Bioblitz in June.
We are keen to involve as many people as possible so if you are interested please look at our Facebook page.
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