Woodland Trust Bioblitz !


The Smithills Estate, 2019


The Brief

Before our phone call with our friends at The Smithills Estate we’d never heard of a bioblitz – let alone animated one! The Woodland Trust do a superb job of caring for sites with widely varying natural habitats and part of this work is monitoring the different species prevalent. A Bioblitz is a fun race against time which allows families to take part in this important work. The questions was – could we help generate interest in this Summer’s bioblitz at the Smithills Estate by providing some larger than life characters..?


What We Did

We worked with the Trust to understand the nature of the event and how we could support. The main challenge was that the Bioblitz would require families to take a sizeable walk to reach all three of the habitats – ancient woodland, wetland and moorland – in order to meet each expert and take part in recording exercises. This is where we would come in! In addition, the Trust wished to shine a spotlight on some particular species and together we identified Swallow, Frog and Badger as the inhabitants of each habitat – all with a story to tell!


The Result

The feedback from the event was terrific with the wildlife experts particularly delighted with the way our presence both helped to generate interest in the event and to engage audiences with the important conservation work of the estate.


Rusticus frog at the Smithills Bioblitz

“The guys were great and it 100% made the day. With your help we kept the attention of even the youngest child for an hour and a half whilst walking! Not easy but you did it. And the animals we chose perfectly linked to the event. On the first walk, the kids found two frogs before meeting the actor frog. It was a real moment where it was as if their imagination had conjured a human frog playing an instrument that they could talk to. It was magic!”

Russ, The Woodland Trust

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