BBC Springwatch's Chris Packham visits Kings Dyke nature reserve in Whittlesey as part of 'Bioblitz' wildlife campaign

PUBLISHED: 15:27 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:27 23 July 2018

TV�s Chris Packham visited Kings Dyke nature reserve on Sunday (July 22). Picture: Steve Baker

TV�s Chris Packham visited Kings Dyke nature reserve on Sunday (July 22). Picture: Steve Baker

Steve Baker

Chris Packham visited Kings Dyke nature reserve in Whittlesey at the weekend as part of his 'Bioblitz' wildlife campaign.

Chris Pakham with local children Anna (aged 10) and Hari (aged 7) Lefley from Whittlesey and Philip Parker from Kings Dyke nature reserve - TV�s Chris Packham visited Kings Dyke nature reserve on Sunday (July 22). Picture: Steve BakerChris Pakham with local children Anna (aged 10) and Hari (aged 7) Lefley from Whittlesey and Philip Parker from Kings Dyke nature reserve - TV�s Chris Packham visited Kings Dyke nature reserve on Sunday (July 22). Picture: Steve Baker

The television presenter and naturalist met volunteers and members of the public at the nature reserve, which is on the site of a former brick quarry, on Sunday morning (July 22).

A spokesman said: “The goal of the campaign is to investigate the extent to which the nation’s wildlife species are under threat, and to raise money for local projects supporting the conservation of wildlife habitats.”

Chris kicked off his campaign in the Scottish Highlands on July 14 and has spent 10 days travelling with his team across Northern Ireland, Wales and parts of England.

Forterra’s Kings Dyke was one of 50 sites Chris visited as part of ‘bioblitz’.

A grass snake found in the BioBlitz - TV�s Chris Packham visited Kings Dyke nature reserve on Sunday (July 22). Picture: Steve BakerA grass snake found in the BioBlitz - TV�s Chris Packham visited Kings Dyke nature reserve on Sunday (July 22). Picture: Steve Baker

Philip Parker, who runs the nature reserve, said: “We really appreciated Chris and his team’s visit, and worked throughout the weekend to gather information about local wildlife, recording more than 850 separate species.

“We also welcomed visitors on the day, and helped them learn more about the local environment by exploring the nature reserve.”

The campaign is crowd-funded, with all the money raised being distributed back into grassroots front-line conservation projects visited throughout the campaign, as well as The National Autistic Society.

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