Blitzing the Birds and Bees at Dawyck

A rare and exclusive opportunity at Dawyck Royal Botanic Garden, near Peebles, will allow visitors the opportunity to come and view as much wildlife as possible.

A BioBlitz, taking place over the weekend of July 24 and 25 is designed to record the Garden’s weird and wonderful wildlife. A team of naturalists will be on-site during a 24-hour period to record the footage which hopefully will help to uncover new and previously unfounded discoveries in the Garden.

The BioBlitz is an opportunity to collect data which is vital to understanding changes in the populations of plants, insects and animals and the Garden is looking to recruit some volunteers who can take part in the recordings. This phenomenal team effort is expected to be a fun experience while also collecting important data.

This is the third time one of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh sites has hosted a BioBlitz; the first took place in Edinburgh in 2013, with a second turn at Logan in 2014.

Graham Stewart, Curator at the Dawyck Botanic Garden, said: “Its fantastic news that Dawyck has become the latest garden to undergo a huge recording exercise and it will be fascinating to capture all the wildlife we have on offer.”

Dawyck Botanic Garden, which boasts 5-star Quality Assurance from VisitScotland, is one of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s three regional sites and welcomes approximately 30,000 visitors a year. 

The Garden is home to one of Scotland’s finest tree collections including some of Britain’s oldest and tallest trees.  The 65-acre Garden offers woodland and burnside walks and is renowned for its seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas, Himalayan poppies and autumn colour.

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