WalkNI.com Your definitive guide to walking in Northern Ireland

Up all night to get bioblitzing


The Belfast Hills has gathered a task force of wildlife experts who will be up all night for a bioblitz on Divis Mountain this weekend.

From 5pm this Friday (17 May) to Saturday at 5pm, a team of experts will be spotting and recording flora and fauna on Divis Mountain.

The public can come along from 8.30am on Saturday to join the biodiversity team and hunt out the fascinating birds, insects and plants on the National Trust site.

Volunteers taking part will get help to identify and record what they have spotted.

A bioblitz is an inventory of species within an area, recorded over 24 hours.

The weekend event brings scientists and the public together to carry out the snapshot.  It is a vital process to monitor the health of our local wildlife and the habitats in which they live.

A nature recording expert from the iSpot Open University website will be inside Divis Long Barn loading up people’s photographs and recording reported sightings.

Belfast Hills Partnership projects officer Rose Muir said among the tools used to collect wildlife data will be small mammal, and pitfall traps – containers where insects fall into.

“On Friday May 17, from 5pm onwards, experts and experienced volunteers will start surveying for flora and fauna on Divis Mountain.

“This will continue on into the night with bat detection, mammal watches and dawn bird counts.”

Rose said members of the public are invited to join in after 8.30am on Saturday when moth traps are emptied.”

People can get involved with water way and pond surveys or join us on guided walks scheduled from midday until 2.30pm.

Anyone interested in taking part is asked to call into the Long Barn to be briefed on the exact area to be surveyed, pick up official recording sheets and site survey maps.