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Biofluorescent Night Walk

Join a special evening guided stroll at Knettishall Heath, using UV torches to uncover the amazing hidden natural world of biofluorescence.

February 28, 2024
6pm-7.30pm
Knettishall Heath
Booking required
The costs for running this event have been fully funded with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Biofluorescent Night Walk

Join a special evening guided stroll at Knettishall Heath, using UV torches to uncover the amazing hidden natural world of biofluorescence.

During this guided walk led by Reveal Nature, you will have a unique opportunity to experience our natural world in a new way. You will experience a variety of biofluorescent organisms, such as plants, insects, and fungi.

 

What is Biofluorescence?

Biofluorescence is the ability of certain organisms to reflect light in a different colour than the one they absorbed. It is usually a response to Ultraviolet (UV) light and comes in an assortment of bright, weird and wonderful colours. A wide range of organisms suddenly light up in the dark bright green, blue, red, purple, orange and any other colour you can think of! Biofluorescence is known to occur in a variety of organisms including insects, plants, lichen, mushrooms, fish, coral, amphibians, and some species of birds and mammals. Biofluorescence is a very visual spectacle, to see some examples visit Reveal Nature’s amazing gallery of Biofluorescent images HERE

 

This walk will be led by David Atthowe, of Reveal Nature.

This walk is hosted by the Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme, in partnership with Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

 

Biofluorescent Night Walk, Further Information:

When: Wednesday 28th February

Time: 6pm-7.30pm

Where: Knettishall Heath, IP22 2TQ

Meeting point: We will meet at the picnic benches in the main Knettishall Heath car park.

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Parking: Parking is available onsite. Parking Charges will apply. Find out more information HERE

What to bring: This walk will be led at a slow pace, so make sure to wrap up warm with plenty of layers of clothing, as well as rain protection in case of wet weather. Please wear sturdy closed toe footwear such as walking shoes, boots, or wellies.

Ages: Suitable for ages 8+ (All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult throughout)

Tools: UV torches and high vis will be provided

Booking required

Cost: The costs for running this event have been fully funded with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Please only book if you intend on attending, as unexplained cancellations negatively impact our ability to provide future fully funded opportunities. If after booking you are no longer able to attend, please notify BFER asap so that we can notify the walk guide, and reallocate your ticket (E) bfer.admin@suffolk.gov.uk (T) 01473 265600

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