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Earth Day BioBlitz
Earth Day BioBlitz

Sun, 21 Apr



Earth Day BioBlitz

Join us for a bioblitz event in celebration of Earth Day. Take part in citizen science by helping to record the wildlife at OmVed Gardens with Ecologlist Kiran Lee.

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Time & Location

21 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 11:30

London, Townsend Yard, London N6 5JF, UK

About the event

A bioblitz is a wildlife recording event and a chance for anyone and everyone to contribute to the study of Europe’s trees, plants and wildlife. These records can be used by researchers and scientists to get a better understanding of our wildlife across Europe.

You don’t have to be an expert to take part as we will be using the iNaturalist app to help us. Simply download the free iNaturalist app on your phone (ideally before coming), and we will take a guided tour of the garden taking photos of as much wildlife as possible, whether that’s a tree, plant, animal or insect, and then upload it to the app. You don’t even have to know anything about the species you are sharing. iNaturalist is a handy identification tool that can identify groups of organisms, which is especially useful when you are on your own. Experts will be reviewing and updating the information that’s submitted, so you can log back in later and learn more about what you’ve spotted. Whether you are an expert, a seasoned #BioBlitz participant or getting involved for the first time, it couldn’t be easier to join in during this session. If possible, please bring a smartphone with mobile data and the iNaturalist App downloaded.

Kiran Lee is OmVed Gardens ecologist. A naturalist with a passion for understanding nature, he has previously volunteered at the Natural History Museum, London Zoo and London Wildlife Trust. Kiran is currently a PhD student with the Seychelles Warbler Project using genomics (entire DNA sequences of individuals) to understand the ecology and evolution of island-endemic Seychelles warblers, which had nearly gone extinct in the 1960s. Key influences are his mother, a keen gardener and grandmother, both botanist and biology teacher. He also aims to improve diversity and accessibility in science and in natural spaces. His research can be found on GitHub.

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