BioBlitz Tienbunders

On the 27th of May the LIFE ENPLC project hosted under the lead of Natuurpunt a Bioblitz on the property of a private landowner. We were able to observe numerous species in this relatively unknown reserve.
Although we didn’t quite reach the goal of 500 species in 24 hours, the event significantly boosted our knowledge of the area’s biodiversity. Below is a brief summary (for more statistics and details, please visit to the BioBlitz page).
In total, 444 species were observed, with a total of 1270 observations made by 18 different observers. The figures below provide an overview of the number of species and observations per taxonomic group.

Guides explained to participants what to look out for. In the second picture participants are on the hunt for plant species using the app ObIdentify. 

We can certainly pat ourselves on the back because we have more than doubled the number of species in the area. Out of the 444 observed species, 246 were never seen before in the Tienbunders reserve!
A big achievement thanks to your contribution.
Although many observations still need validation by our volunteers/validators behind the scenes of the ( platform, here are a few new species that caught our attention:

  • Nemapogon wolffiella
  • Little Long-horn (Cauchas fibulella)
  • Cheilosia semifasciata
  • The beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
  • Geoffroy’s bat (Myotis emarginatus)
  • Slow worm (Anguis fragilis)
  • Forest cockroach (Ectobius sylvestris)
The epicenter of the observations is located on the private estate of Claude Pardon (part of the Tienbunders reserve). 
This BioBlitz is part of the LIFE ENPLC project, which aims to build bridges between private landowners and nature organizations. The event showcases the power of collaboration between private landowners and nature organizations. 
By utilizing the ( platform and its associated apps (Obsidentify, Obsmapp, iObs), citizen science can yield valuable results for private landowners.
In addition to the results, there is also a human aspect to consider. 
We received feedback from the landowner expressing that she found the event to be highly successful and that it feels like a recognition for the long-standing management of the land carried out over generations.
The collaboration between private landowners and nature organizations, as demonstrated by this event, highlights the importance of recognizing and appreciating the efforts and stewardship of private landowners in conserving and managing natural areas.

Map of the area that has been monitored


The news items collected on this blog have been written by project partners of the LIFE ENPLC project.