Cotwall End BioBlitz Project
At Brockswood, we are keen to have a better understanding of the many varied species sharing both our sanctuary and our beautiful neighbouring nature reserve, Cotwall End, and you can help us to do this so that we can work better with our local conservation organisations to better protect our amazing wildlife.
Cotwall End is known as a site of importance for nature conservation due to the wide range of habitat types, from grassland to ponds and woodlands to lowland heaths. Turner’s Hill also features a geological SSSI (site of special scientific interest) with Sedgley limestone and Ludlow bone bed. It is already known that nationally rare species of orchid and the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) have been found on-site, and we would like to make a record of these as well as any other species we can find!
What is a BioBlitz?:
A BioBlitz is an event where a group focuses on finding, identifying and recording as many species in a specific area, sometimes using binoculars, magnifying glasses, ID guides and other equipment. We survey over one or two separate days, using a specialist app to take observations, whilst identifying species later.
The best part? This isn't just for us! You are very welcome to join us for our BioBlitz events - in fact, the more the merrier as this will enable us to cover much more ground and log far more important data. It's a great excuse to get out of the house and into the countryside, it's fun, and it's educational too - we have learned so much about the flora and fauna around us throughout the course of this project so far, giving us a far greater appreciation for the wildlife calling Cotwall End and Brockswood home.
Whether you're a nature novice or a wildlife expert, everyone is welcome to join us. All we ask is that anybody under the age of 16 is accompanied by an adult. Whether you can give us the whole day or just a couple of hours of your time, every observation counts!