The Bioblitz event at the Brayford Campus took place on 3rd October 2016. The objective was to produce a snapshot of wildlife around the Campus. During the event a bird netting and ringing operation was set up to identify the varieties of bird species that visit the Campus. The bird ringing was conducted by members of the British Trust for Ornithology, who are licensed to undertake bird netting and ringing.
Chris Packham, a visiting professor at the University, supported the Bioblotz event:
Location: The net to trap the birds was placed alongside a row of trees in the centre of balancing pond at the end of Ruston Way (view aerial site photo). A recording station was situated in the car park of the Charlotte Scott Building, which is a short distance from the balancing pond.
Results: The netting operation began at 8am and continued until 12:15 pm. The team checked the nets every 15 minutes and each of the birds that were caught were identified, weighed and measured. Each bird then had a numbered ring attached to their leg.
41 birds were identified during the survey, and included:
- Blue Tit
- Reed Warbler
- Great Tit
- Pied Wagtail