NATURE detectives will take part in a 24-hour dash to record wildlife in the New Forest on June 8.

People will be asked to use smartphones as part of the New Forest National Park BioBlitz, which annually attracts hundreds of wildlife enthusiasts to count as many species as possible.

Organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, the monitoring marathon will be held this year at Roydon Woods Nature Reserve near Brocken-hurst.

From 4pm on June 7 until 4pm on June 8, nature lovers can join experts on bug hunts and river surveys, as well as take part in pond dipping, fungi forays and an early morning birdsong walk.

All the BioBlitz activities are free, but some need to be booked due to limited space.

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