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Event 'puts Isle of Wight wildlife on national map'

Thu 24 Jun 2010

Event 'puts Isle of Wight wildlife on national map'

A recent event held on the Isle of Wight has put the island on the national map for wildlife.

BioBlitz, which took place as part of the Go Wild in the Woods series of activities in Firestone Copse near Wootton earlier in the month, was attended by more than 300 people.

The Isle of Wight Council has confirmed that following analysis, 436 different species were found during the day.

This far eclipses the totals found in similar events in Jersey and the New Forest.

Isle of Wight Council's ecologist Colin Pope said a range of weird and wonderful species were discovered during the activity, including the secretive nightjar bird, grey mullet and flounder and "red and black froghoppers in the woods".

He added: "We were delighted to get one of the best totals in the region."

Earlier in the month, VentnorBlog reviewed the Go Wild in the Woods event, concluding that it was a "great day out" that was enjoyable for children and relaxing for adults.

Posted by Carla Winter ADNFCR-3083-ID-19856004-ADNFCR

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