Bioblitz at Fingringhoe Wick

Monday 4th September 2017

More than 300 new records added to our Biological Records Centre for Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve.

The Landscape Conservation team conducted a Bioblitz at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve, with the aim to record as many species as possible.

Starting at the site of our new intertidal area, 17 species of bird were identified at high tide including over 150 lapwing, Black-tailed godwit, redshank and greenshank. More than 60 records of birds were added during the Bioblitz, including Marsh harrier, kingfisher, Green woodpecker, Yellow wagtail, buzzard and kestrel

11 species of butterflies were identified, including Brimstone, Small heath and Holly blue.

Other invertebrates included: Willow emerald (a recently colonising damselfly), Hornets which were seen throughout the reserve including two nests, Emperor dragonfly, Ruby-tailed wasp and Cassida nobilis - a nationally scarce tortoise beetle.

There were also over 70 species of flowering plant identified, including Lesser calamint, Common centaury, Meadow vetchling. The new intertidal area also saw the presence of Cordgrass, Glassworts and Sea Purslane starting to establish themselves on the saltmarsh.

In total, there were more than 300 records made during the Bioblitz, which were all added onto Essex Wildlife Trust's Biological Records Centre. You too can add your sightings of flora and fauna to our records site, all you need to do is make an account then fill out the sightings form!