BioBlitz Planning

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Planning a BioBlitz

Planning your BioBlitz well can be the difference between a success search with a wide variety of species counted and everyone having a great time, to a less desirable outcome. Use the sections below to find out more information and resources to help you when planning a BioBlitz, this includes:

  • Advice with the Where and When of a BioBlitz
  • Complete BioBlitz Guide
  • BioBlitz Document Pack

How To BioBlitz

Where to BioBlitz?

  • Select a location where you either suspect or know that there are a wide variety of species, or a particular species you are looking to record.
  • Always get permission from the landowner to hold your BioBlitz on their land.

When to BioBlitz?

  • Summer months are almost always best for a general BioBlitz. This is when the widest array and variety of wildlife species are most active.
  • Research the local habits of a particular species, if that's what you are looking for.

Complete BioBlitz Guide

This guide covers all of the basics for running a BioBlitz event, from initial planning to advice for you on the day; all supported with case studies from BioBlitzes across the UK. The Guide was written by a partnership of organisations heavily involved in BioBlitz and adapted from the original guide written as part of the OPAL project.

BioBlitz Documents
Documents to help you plan and carry out your own BioBlitz

There is always paperwork! Even when it comes to looking at nature. See each individual document to help while planning your BioBlitz. You can download the documents to use for free.

This is a Risk Assessment Template, with suggested risks and outcomes and only intended as a guide. Please complete a thorough assessment of your own, taking account of all the specifics of your event, site and planned activities.

Volunteers will be the back bone of your BioBlitz and the first point of contact with the public, so it’s vital that they know what they are doing. This intro to BioBlitz is aimed at volunteers and details the basics of wildlife recording and some tips for engaging with the public.

This tool kit has been designed with 90 members of the UK recording community and experts; to help recorders, organisations and volunteer groups in communicating about biological recording.

Branding design donated by the Institute of Physics Publishing, made open source to be used by anyone running a BioBlitz event. The only brand guideline is to keep the image proportions the same, otherwise it will skew the image.