2017 was another successful year for our annual Grab That Gap campaign with nearly a third of BIAZA collections participating We announced the campaign at the beginning of the year and our Members got stuck in by identifying a patch of unused space on their site and planting it with wildflower seeds kindly provided by Scotia Seeds. The campaign, run in partnership with Flora Locale, is part of a wider effort to improve management of our sites for native species. To encourage participation, we added a competitive element whereby the collection with the most impressive results would win a tree for their site generously provided by Barcham Trees.
Once the seeds were planted, we encouraged the participants to carry out mini - bioblitzes and record the number of species found in 1m2. Their results, along with some fantastic photographs, were submitted and we then faced the difficult task of picking a winner. Submissions were judged on a combination of number of species counted and the overall appearance of their wildlife patch.
We are delighted to announce the winner of this year’s competition is Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.
Upon hearing of their win, Leitza Gorman, Head Keeper said: "Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park are delighted to have won BIAZA’s Grab That Gap Campaign. We plan to use this success to further educate our visitors on the importance of wild spaces and our fabulous native wildlife. We will continue to manage our wildlife garden and hopefully see even more species using it next year!”
A huge congratulations and a job well done to them! And a big thank you to all who have participated in this year's campaign.
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