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It’s easy to take part – like last year, all you need to do is go into your garden over the weekend of 31st May to 1st June and record the wildlife you find there over a 24-hour period. You don’t need to record for the full 24 hours, and you don’t need to record everything – we’re interested in every record, and if you want to focus on one particular group or just the wild plants or wildlife you’re familiar with, then that’s fine with us. Most of all, it’s about getting outside and having fun!

Do I need a garden and lots of wildlife knowledge?

No, you don’t even need your own garden – your bioblitz can be done in any green space, from a window box to a local park, or you could even ‘borrow’ a friend’s garden for the day! Why not get the kids involved too? If you’re not sure where to start, we have a handy list of 20 species to spot, and you can also find more tips and advice on our website.

How do I identify and record what I see?

Don’t forget to take lots of photos, and if you need help identifying what you find you can upload them to theiSpot website and add the descriptive tag #gbb14. You can also share your photos and stories from the weekend on Twitter, using the hashtag #gbb14, and follow all the action on our Facebook event page.

Once you’ve identified your findings, you can submit them to us via the iRecord website. Last year we had over 20,000 records submitted of just over 2,500 species. We’d love you to help us beat that this year!

We’ll send out another update just before the Garden Bioblitz weekend but in the meantime if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in contact with us by email gardenbioblitz@gmail.com or on twitter @gardenbioblitz

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