Blitz down to the Botanics for a record-breaking day

Could you be the person to record the thousandth living species found at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)? This is the weekend to come along and have fun doing your bit for nature at the Big Botanics BioBlitz on the Saturday, 9. No need to be an expert, just turn up and celebrate the wonder of biodiversity only a mile from the city centre!

Pond dipping, worm charming and a spider safari are just a few of the activities in store – plus relaxing time out to visit the outstanding free exhibition in Inverleth House. The paintings and poems of The Lost Words pay tribute to raven, otter, kingfisher and 20 other names from nature being dropped from children’s dictionaries. Many of them can be found out in the Garden with the help of a brand new nature trail.

Calling for wide community participation, RBGE Science Communicator Dr Max Coleman explained: “If you thought recording wildlife had to involve going to remote wild places you’d be wrong. Daily recording of wildlife at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh by Robert Mill has revealed an incredible 999 wild plants and animals living in the Garden. This Saturday we are inviting visitors to help us break the 1000 species barrier by getting involved with the Big Botanics BioBlitz.

“The Bioblitz is a perfect fit with The Lost Words, acollaboration between writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris that resulted in an award winning book and an exhibition. A series of spell-poems and paintings bring wild nature to life, particularly for children who are losing the language of nature as it disappears from children’s dictionaries. On the new trail visitors will experience many of the plants and animals that feature in The Lost Words.” 

To coincide with the BioBlitz  there will also be Botanics Wild Night Walk at 21:00 on Friday, June 8 and a Botanics Wild Walk and Breakfast at 07:00 on Saturday 9: two opportunities to experience life in the Garden before and after it is open for business. Charges do apply to these two events.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)