Nature Detectives Wanted for 24-Hour Wildlife Challenge!

Monday 13th June 2016

The Big Wildlife Count is back and Surrey Wildlife Trust needs your help to explore uncharted territory and hunt for wild species in a race against the clock.

A fantastically fun weekend...we can’t wait to see what we discover!

Volunteers will join scientists on expeditions to record as much wildlife as possible in just 24 hours at Burpham Court Farm, near Guildford, on the last weekend in June.

“Nature lovers can really get stuck in and see a huge variety of wildlife close up - it’s always amazing how many species we manage to find in just one day,” said Sarah Jane Chimbwandira, the Trust’s Director of Biodiversity.

“The Big Wildlife Count is always a fantastically fun weekend for people of all ages and this year we have a new site to explore – we can’t wait to see what we discover!

“We hope the event will inspire people about the wonders of the natural world and encourage them take a more active role in conserving their local environment.”

This is the fourth Big Wildlife Count, which this year is supported by The Southern Co-Operative’s Love Your Neighbourhood initiative. At previous events, well over 200 plant and animal species have been recorded, including slow worms, adders, field mice, bee orchids, small elephant hawk moths and soprano pipistrelle bats.

Camera Traps

This year, nature detectives can have a go at pond dipping, bird ringing, mammal tracking, reptile identification and butterfly surveys at Burpham Court Farm. The land is partly grazed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, working in partnership with site owners Guildford Borough Council.

There will also be the chance to lay wildlife camera traps and help out on a River Search mission, as well as get stuck into some meadow plant identification and astronomy. There will also be walks, stalls, photography safaris and horse and carriage rides around the site.

“The Big Wildlife Count gives nature lovers the chance to work alongside our experts and pick their brains about different species and habitats,” added Sarah Jane.

“The teams collect really important information about all the animals and plants that live on the site, which is so useful to the Trust, enabling us to work out how best to conserve the habitat for the future.”


The Big Wildlife Count is part of The Wildlife Trusts’ national Bioblitz event, which will see volunteers and scientists across the country racing against the clock to hunt for and record wildlife in their local areas.

Surrey Wildlife Trust’s wild weekend will culminate with Trust staff James Herd and Ben Habgood finishing their three-day ‘Race For Wildlife’ challenge – running into the site, after canoeing, cycling and running over 170 miles across the county to raise money for the Trust. Donations can be made at .

If you fancy getting up close and personal to wildlife and trying your hand at being a nature detective, you can book your entry ticket and choose your nature surveys on the Trust’s website Adult and junior surveys are available.

The Big Wildlife Count 2016 takes place on the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of June at Burpham Court Farm, Clay Lane, Jacobs Well, Guildford, GU4 7PL. Adults entry tickets £5 and children £1.

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