Ireland’s BioBlitz 2012 is over and Glengarriff Nature Reserve won this year’s competition with a massive 1020 species recorded over the 24 hour period. This is just short of the number of species recorded by last year’s winner, Killarney National Park, which was a much larger and more varied site. Both Crawfordsburn Country Park and Lough Boora, with 984 and 940 species recorded respectively, were also hugely impressive tallies. Phoenix Park was some distance behind having recorded 528 species. The survey at the Phoenix Park was significant, however, as there were significant findings of new mosses and some plants that haven’t been recorded for over 100 years at the site.
Despite the cold temperature and wet conditions the overall event was a remarkable achievement both in terms of mobilising a huge voluntary effort and achieving a massive recording tally. Thanks to everyone who contributed to make Ireland’s BioBlitz 2012 a success.
Overall winners: The site with the most species recorded
Glengarriff Nature Reserve is the overall winner with a final tally of 1020. This is a remarkable figure even for such as relative restricted site and averages out at 1.4 species recorded for every minute of the competition.
|SITE||No of Species|
|1st – Glengarriff Nature Reserve||1020|
|2nd – Crawfordsburn Country Park||984|
|3rd – Lough Boora||940|
|4th – Phoenix Park||528|
Site with the most species recorded per area
The site with the most species recorded per area is Crawfordsburn Country Park. At 98 ha it was by far the smallest of the four sites, and the final species tally averaged out at10.04 species per ha. This was far greater than the other three sites, but was lower than the 10.6 species per ha achieved at Liffey Valley Park, Waterstown in last year’s BioBlitz. In this category, Phoenix Park outscored Lough Boora.
|SITE||No of species per ha|
|1st – Crawfordsburn Country Park||10.04|
|2nd – Glengarriff Nature Reserve||3.4|
|3rd – Phoenix Park||0.75|
|4th – Lough Boora||0.47|
The site that recorded the most species of vascular plant
This year a special trophy was awarded to the site that recorded the most species of vascular plant to celebrate International Fascination of Plants Day http://www.plantday12.eu/home.htm. This award goes to Lough Boora for recording 334 species of vascular plants. A very close second was Glengarriff Nature Reserve with 330 plants.
|SITE||No. of vascular plants|
|1st – Lough Boora||334|
|2nd – Glengarriff Nature Reserve||330|
|3rd – Crawfordsburn Country Park||317|
|4th – Phoenix Park||240|
The site with the most species recorded by recorder
Crawfordsburn Country Park won this category as on average a massive 39.4 species were recorded based on the number of registered recorders participating at the site. What a productive bunch they were in the north as this is almost double the productivity of second placed Glengarriff Nature Reserve with 20 species!
|SITE||No. of species per recorder|
|1st – Crawfordsburn Country Park||39.4|
|2nd – Glengarriff Nature Reserve||20.0|
|3rd – Lough Boora||16.8|
|4th – Phoenix Park||13.8|