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It's that timeof year when scientists and naturalists feel compelled to get out in to the great outdoors and tell the world just how many species we live with in our near environment.


As well as 'biodiversity' - the new buzz word (no pun intended, but unavoidable - sorry!) is BIOBLITZ.


But what does it mean?


24 hours of non-stop searching, researching and recording of the natural organisms in one given environment. It's an excellent way to get a snap-shot of what is happening in our natural and urban environments at any given time and actually, just how diverse and amazing the many species we encounter in that short time can be.


Last year the OPAL team did a BIOBLITZ at Wembury in Devon and an amazing 800+ species were recorded in 24 hours.


Just a couple of weeks ago, museum scientists, including a few from the IAS did a BIOBLITZ in Juliette Jowett's London garden, finding an amazing 200+ species - just in a normal suburban garden; so....


What are we going to find at Alexandra Palace - 196 acres of urban park and wildspace


Join us tomorrow from 10am to find and record as many species as possible - it's so exciting!

Today the OPAL team have been setting up with field equipment: nets, pooters, buckets, recording sheets, suntan lotion - in fact, anything you could possibly need for a good day out of natural history hunting! It is also the BBC's Spring Watch Wild Day Out


Will we beat Wembury and fnd more than 800 species - lets try!


See you tomorrow folks...