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Mary Cairncross BioBlitz
  • Last updated:
  • 22 Mar 2019

How many species of animals do you think live at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve? The upcoming BioBlitz aims to discover exactly that.

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity. These events can happen in most any geography—urban, rural, or suburban—in areas as small as a backyard or as large as a country.

This year, council is conducting a BioBlitz within the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (MCSR). The BioBlitz aims to develop a comprehensive biodiversity dataset from specific survey sites within the forest. Five individual strangler figs (Ficus watkinsiana) will be studied across the forest strata, from ground to the emergent canopy.

There will be plenty of opportunities for visitors to be involved, see the range of activities on council's Events website.