Bioblitz 2012

  • advert_ispot_Riverlands.jpg
  • advert_ispot_Umhlanga.jpg

Bioblitz 2012


Riverlands Nature Reserve, Malmesbury area 7 October

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve and Hawaan Forest 7 October



Bioblitz 2012

SANBI has received funding from the Department of Science and Technology to conduct a series of exciting iSpot ‘Bioblitzes’ across the country during the spring/summer of 2012.

A Bioblitz is an event that engages large numbers of people with biodiversity, inviting them to get directly involved in surveying and monitoring. During a Bioblitz, experts and members of the public come together to explore their local outdoors to collectively seek for, identify and record as many species as possible and upload these observations onto the SANBI iSpot website.

If you are a keen nature enthusiast then come join the fun of a Bioblitz! The schedule for the year follows in the table below.

If you would like a Bioblitz in your area, please contact us.

We will also be adding more dates for Bioblitzes taking place in Nieuwoudtville and KZN soon.

Bioblitzes: Western Cape

  • Place Date
  • Wolfgat Nature Reserve 25 August
  • Harmony Flats Nature Reserve 9 September
  • Mamre Commonage 15 September
  • Voelvlei Nature Reserve & Elandsberg Private Nature Reserve 16 September
  • NEXT
  • Riverlands Nature Reserve, Malmesbury area 7 October
  • Riverlands Nature Reserve, Malmesbury area 7 October
  • Romansrivier / Tulbagh 21 October
  • Rondevlei Nature Reserve 27 October
  • Silvermine Nature Reserve 4 November

For more information please contact: Ismail at [email protected] or 076 475 5321

To see results of previous Bioblitzes please see

Attachment Size
advert_ispot_Riverlands.jpg 132.42 KB
advert_ispot_Umhlanga.jpg 145.04 KB




I would suggest a bioblitz in the Velddrift/Saldanha/Langebaan area and would like to participate as it seems getting involved with CREW is problematic in this area.

Just one question, why not do a Bioblitz in the winter in the Western Cape, surely this is the time when most of the flowers are in bloom?

Johan Potgieter

Johan Potgieter


Winter might be peak flowering for many shrubs, but the bulk of the rare species, including many bulbs, flower in spring. So August (is this winter?) to October is peak flowering, and the best time to see species in flower. May and June are too early: hardly anything in flower.
And in a wet year, the later the better the flowers are. Its only really in very dry years that August is the best month.


What is the main objective of a Bioblitz? Is it:
1. to identify and record as many species as possible or record rare species within a specific area in one day?

Johan Potgieter

Aim of a Bioblitz

A bioblitz does not have one aim. The aims are:

* To showcase to the public the biodiversity at a site.
* To provide a platform where experts and locals - who typically will never interact - can meet to discuss biodiversity.
* To create an awareness among locals of the significance of their conservation area and introduce them to management staff and volunteers, around the theme of the biodiversity in the site.
* To allow managers, students, experts and laymen to interact around issues and species at a site.
* To contribute to the species lists and awareness of the biodiversity significance of the site.
* To provide a record of the species seen on the day(s) on iSpot, as a entry to the diversity of the site.
* To assist CREW and Friends teams with any monitoring or species' searches that they may be doing, and to involve more people in these groups and monitoring.

* A bioblitz is NOT about numbers or competitions. Of course, the more that is recorded the more interesting things will be discovered. And the better the resource will be.
* A bioblitz is not just about rare species, but about anything that might be interesting. Including aliens, pests, biocontrols, specials, rares, threatened Red List species and the people who interact with these throughout the rest of the year.
* A bioblitz is typically one day or occ. a weekend and even sometimes a longer period. And they can be repeated at a site seasonally, annually, or coupled with some other event.
* A bioblitz is not just a list or set of photographs, but a collection of experiences and stories and interesting information as a resource to the local community and reserve managers.
* A bioblitz is not a race to put on all observations on the day. Some bioblitzes only get finished months later. But the focus and observations are those made on that day.

Hear Hear

You put it very well, Tony!

Beetledude, SANC


Thanks for clearing this up for me, as a newcomer to this I would like to know as much as possible of the approaches taken to conserve our natural assets and how members of the public can participate.

From what I can deduct from the coming Bioblitzes is that it must be a relatively small area to be covered?

Johan Potgieter

relatively small area.

No, not at all. Anysberg or Kruger are acceptable.
Its just that to get community involvement, focus so far has been on reserves with large local communities within walking distance. With more experience we can go bigger.
And we a waiting for our cellphone app ...

eg. Wild Magazine

If you wanted to involve a greater sector of the "public", targeting National Parks and/or Provincial Nature Reserves could be done very effectively through their newsletters and other publicity media - and in this context the Wild Card programme would be a good entry point.
But the "on the ground" community is the most important group to engage, and here the local organisations that are creating environmental awareness among school kids and other "friends" groups etc. would be the key.

Well done to the iSpot organisiers for all the hard work in making everything happen

User login