The Saproxylic Group of the BENHS has been granted special permission by the Management of Blenheim Park that we may bring into High Park for one day this summer a group of c. 20 specialists to survey beetles and other invertebrates.
The restriction on the size of the party for this special one day survey means that we will have to set up a bookings list and so we ask that anyone interested in joining us book a place via Keith Alexander asap please.
The details of the meeting place and other arrangements will be sent to the first 20 names nearer the time. Other names will be held on stand-by to be offered any places that become available later.
This is a remarkable opportunity for a BENHS party to explore the fauna of this important site and a special privilege which we hope the attendees will appreciate. High Park has recently been shown to have the largest concentration of ancient oak trees anywhere in Europe and is the subject of a Biodiversity Project being coordinated from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The saproxylic list is already impressive and results from both hand search and flight interception trapping. A party of 20 surveyors visiting at an optimal time of year will provide a potentially important boost to our understanding of this rich fauna and promote increased conservation management.