Children’s TV presenter at Exmouth nature watch

PUBLISHED: 13:52 13 June 2011

Children’s television wildlife presenter Nick Baker is heading for Exmouth’s Bystock nature reserve to take part in a day of species-watching.

Children’s television wildlife presenter Nick Baker is heading for Exmouth’s Bystock nature reserve to take part in a day of species-watching.

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Really Wild Show TV presenter Nick Baker will be in Exmouth when the Bioblitz Day species-watching sessions takes place at Bystock nature reserve.

Children’s television wildlife presenter Nick Baker is heading for Exmouth’s Bystock nature reserve to take part in a day of species-watching.

The Bioblitz Day takes place on Saturday June 25 where nature detectives of all ages are invited to help spot up to 1,000 different species which have made their home at the reserve – including roe deer and dragonflies.

During a BioBlitz event scientists and members of the public work together to survey a natural space - identifying and recording as many species as possible over 24 hours.

The day is being organised by Exmouth Wildlife Watch leader Danielle Smith, 22, a student at Exeter University.

She said the free event had been made possible thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.

Danielle said: “It is a great family day out and nice to know you will be doing your bit to help with the monitoring and recording of the many interesting species. Who knows, maybe we will find a new species here at Bystock.”

Dawn Lenn, Devon Wildlife Trust spokewoman, said: “The Bioblitz event is almost entirely run by volunteers and we could always do with more help so if there are people who may be able to lend a few hours to the day or before, please get in contact.

“You don’t have to have specialist knowledge, just bags of energy and enthusiasm.”

Pond-dipping, arts and crafts are just some of the family-fun activities planned for the day.

The day starts at 10am, but early birds are invited to hear the dawn chorus at 5am.

A bat and moth session is being held the night before the BioBlitz, from 9pm-11pm.

Booking is essential for the dawn chorus or bat-watching sessions.

The whole event will be videoed by the university, and shown on its online channel XTV.

CBBC Really Wild Show TV presenter Nick Baker, a former Exeter university student who lives in Devon, will spend the afternoon judging the prettiest, ugliest and rarest species found of the day.

For more information about the event, or for an informal chat about volunteering, contact Danielle Smith on 07786 830375 or email ds276@exeter.ac.uk .

Volunteers can also log their skills and availability at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZPPJYD9

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