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Nosterfield BioBlitz with Chris Packham

Nosterfield LNR has been selected as one of 48 sites across the country to host “Chris Packham’s 2018 BioBlitz – nature reserves are not enough!” campaign. 

We are looking for volunteers to assist with 24 hours of collecting, identifying and making tea to keep us all going! Are you a budding botanist, wildlife photographer or naturalist? Let us know using the contact form and we'll get in touch!


Please, wherever possible, share a car to the site. We have limited car parking space at the Reserve with more available at the Quarry site (details below). Volunteers will be on hand to help you.

On arrival, please sign in at the Quarry Visitor’s Centre (known as our BioBlitz Hub). Address here: Nosterfield Quarry, Nosterfield, Bedale DL8 2QZ

Here are the estimated timings of events:


17.00 - BioBlitz STARTS

18.30 to 19.00 - Nosterfield briefing with Joe Priestley (BioBlitz Hub)

19.00 to 21.00 - species identification ramble to the pub!

21.00 to 21.30 - Nosterfield Roosts with Steve Clifton (Nosterfield NR car park)

21.30 - Bat Walk (Nosterfield NR) - please bring a torch and warm clothing


07.00 to c. 10.30 - Moth Trap emptying with Charlie Fletcher and Jill Warwick (BioBlitz Hub)

09.15 to 10.00 - Dipping Pond Beasties with Martin Hammond (Nosterfield NR Car Park)

10.15 to 12.00 - Guided Walk of Nosterfield Nature Reserve with Martin Hammond and Simon Warwick (Nosterfield NR Car Park)

10.30 to 11.00 hrs - Introduction to Microscopes by Marcus Grover (Grovers Optic Shop) (BioBlitz Hub)

11.00 to 12.00 - Guided introduction to the new Wetland Plant Nursery with Pan Thoresby and Laurie Reed (BioBlitz Hub)

12.30 to 14.30 - Guided Walk of Nosterfield NR’s new quarry extension (inc. Kiln and Flasks Lakes, reedbed and new wetland plant nursery) (BioBlitz Hub)

14.00 to 14.45 - Introduction to ‘Eclipse’ (moulting) waterfowl and Waders by Steve Clifton (Nosterfield NR Car Park)

15.15 to 15.45 - Introduction to Microscopes by Marcus Grover (Grovers Optic Shop) (BioBlitz Hub)

15.45 to 16.15 - The future for Nosterfield with Joe Priestley (BioBlitz Hub)

16.30 to 17.15 - Tea and ‘meet the experts’ (BioBlitz Hub)

17.00 - BioBlitz Recording FINISHES (BioBlitz Hub)

17.15 - Summing up and Total Count for the Day! (BioBlitz Hub)

Watch the video below to find out more about Chris' campaign:

Earlier Event: July 14
BioBlitz Briefing
Later Event: October 28
Weekend Muck In Day