Bioblitz & Open Farm Day

Join our Bioblitz and Open Farm Day

When: 10am on Friday 9 June to 12 noon on Saturday 10 June, 2017

Where: Lower Sharpham Farm, Totnes TQ9 7DX

Join our annual Bioblitz; a 24 hour race to record as many species as possible at Lower Sharpham Farm!

And our Open Farm Day; see, share and experience what life is like on our farm


Bioblitz; A race to record as many species as possible

Wildlife enthusiasts, families, trainees past, present and future, and friends of Ambios – come and join us for a celebration of biodiversity at our beautiful Lower Sharpham Farm Site.

Between the wildlife spotting, share your experiences around the camp fire. Anecdotes, stories, top tips, trials and tribulations from the world of nature conservation.

Throughout the 24 hours we are running informal activities and interactive walks with great food, kicking off with an organised visit from a local school at noon on the Friday. All this with the aim of trying to identify an count everything that lives on our farm.


Why not to turn it into an overnight adventure? Bring a tent and stay the night. (Book your place below).

Come and share and discover your interest in:

  • Small mammals
  • Bugs
  • Birds and bats
  • Freshwater & Estuarine wildlife
  • Badgers
  • Botany


And for our Open Farm Day

As part of our bioblitz we are opening up the farm for visits to come and see what happens here. The United Response team will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions you may have about the work of the farm, and what we are trying to do at Lower Sharpham Farm.

Join in the workshops, meet the team, and sample our produce.

The open farm day is particularly targetted to social services and those working in the care sector, as well as families of people with learning disabilities, who might like to learn more about what the farm can provide for them.

Friday 9th June is a typical work day. You will see and experience the day to day tasks of the farm. There will be plenty of delicous food on hand, some of the products made and grown here on display and a great chance to get a feel for how Lower Sharpham Farm works, and its wonderful, and unique approach to work experience and the care sector. You will see first hand the importance placed on social inclusion, varied interactions with our local community and personal independence.

Come any time from 10am – 4pm on Friday 9th to get a full feel for the farm.

Alternatively come along as a family for any part of the Bioblitz event from 5pm on Friday 9th until 12 noon Saturday 10th.

How to join us

When: the event is split into different activities, so check when best to arrive.

Open Farm Day; come and experience the farm any time from 10am – 4pm on Friday 9th

Bioblitz; different activities happening across both days;

  • School visit from 10am until 3.30pm Friday 9th
  • School pick up 3.30pm, and early tea from 5pm
  • Volunteers; arriving from Thursday 8th and across the weekend
  • Families and all other participants; from 5pm Friday 9th until Noon Saturday 10th
  • Camping set up – any time from 5pm
  • Family themed activities on Saturday morning

Drop in throughout, or camp overnight!
Camping (including evening meal & breakfast): Adults: £20 , Kids (5-16 yrs): £10
Under 5’s: Free
Evening meal only: £6.50

Where: Lower Sharpham Farm,
Ashprington, Totnes, TQ9 7DX

To join us, please register below. Then scroll to the bottom of this page, if you would like to book your camping experience.

Accommodation Booking

Why not make an adventure of the occasion and stay the night on our peaceful, organic farm? You’ll wake up to stunning views and a tasty breakfast!

CAMPING & ALL FOOD, £20 per person

1 night, 9-10 June
Delicious organic evening meal, breakfast and refreshments included.
Access to toilets (but not showers)

KIDS CAMPING, £10 per child
(Ages 5-16 yrs. No charge for under 5’s)

1 night, 9-10 June
Delicious organic evening meal, breakfast and refreshments included.
Access to toilets (but not showers) 

Past BioBlitz

Over the past 5 years we have run a Bioblitz in many different locations from the Sharpham Estate, to the Bishop Hull House in Taunton, to Glastonbury Abbey. The aim of the Bioblitz is to record as many species as possible within our chosen location. This will include studying mosses and plants, identifying insects, trapping moths and even using stealth cameras to record the activity of bats, badgers and foxes in the night-time. Technology plays a key role in the Bioblitz as we use cameras to investigate and record wild and then upload data to the Ispot Open University Website. Our aim is to improve knowledge of the biodiversity within our local area. But more importantly we aim to engage people from all walks of life in learning about nature. Those who attend the Bioblitz may be nature volunteers, families, wildlife-lovers or those with an interest in technology. Many go on to engage in further in learning about the natural world.