A ‘BIOBLITZ’ to record different species will take place at Stanpit Marsh nature reserve in Christchurch next weekend.

Participants taking part in the wildlife study from 8am on Saturday to 8am on Sunday will identify the species found there.

This is the second year of the Bioblitz, organised by Christchurch council’s Countryside Service, after a successful event in 2013 discovered more than 400 species on the nature reserve.

A Bioblitz focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a 24-hour period.

Members of the public are invited to come along to some or all of the events to help add to the wildlife inventory for the marsh.

The Saturday daytime events include an early morning photographic workshop, bird tours, plant walks, pond and stream dipping and minibeast safaris.

The evening features a dusk birds walk, bat talk and walk and moth trapping into the night.

Sunday morning will begin with a dawn chorus walk, with early risers treated to a fully organic breakfast served on the porch of the MarshPod information centre.

The finale will be a review of the overnight sightings from the trail camera and the grand opening of the previous night’s moth and mammal traps.

Wildlife experts will be on hand to help everyone identify and record their finds and, together with nature trails and quizzes, there will be something for the whole family.

Senior countryside officer Peter Holloway said: “The bioblitz is an opportunity to encourage more public participation in nature conservation through a series of guided walks and workshops.

“With the public’s help we will be able to conduct an intensive field study of the reserve that will add to our knowledge.”

Each walk or workshop costs £3 but an all-day event pass costs just £10.

Call Christchurch Countryside Service on 01425 272479 or email countryside@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk.