Blitz helps to record wildlife in dene

Experts and local volunteers identify wild flowers and insect life during the Bio Blitz survey at the Brierdene wildlife site in Whitley Bay.
Experts and local volunteers identify wild flowers and insect life during the Bio Blitz survey at the Brierdene wildlife site in Whitley Bay.

Dozens of people helped collate information on species living in a wildlife site.

More than 80 people took part in a Bio Blitz held at the Brierdene site in Whitley Bay and more took part in a Moth night survey last Saturday.

Both events had been organised by the Friends of Brierdene, with enthusiasts joined by families with children of all ages to identify and record everything growing, flying, crawling and swimming in the dene.

During the day experts were on hand to identify and add new species to over 800 already recorded last year.

In the evening Northumberland moth recorder Tom Tams ran a moth survey using special lighting to attract and identify several new moth sightings in the night sky.

The results will contribute to a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world in the award winning Brierdene coastal wildlife site in Whitley Bay.

A spokesperson for Friends of Brierdene said: “Using the information the experts can build up a detailed picture of the species and habitats to help preserve the environment for future generations.”