More than 600 nature-lovers marked Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve’s 10th birthday last weekend by helping to count more than 500 different species in a BioBlitz.
The huge species count was organised to mark the anniversary of the opening of the centre in 2003 and to help assess how the habitat management programme is doing.
Leanne Thomas, education and visitor service manager for the Hawk and Owl Trust, said: “We were delighted with the number of people who came along and helped us find over 500 species.
“We believe there is still a lot more to come because a lot of our experts still have to identify some of the creatures that were found.”
There were lots of activities for families to enjoy along with hunting for animals and plants , plus pond dipping and minibeast safaris.
Visitors could also join an early morning small mammal surveying and evening walks to listen for bats and owls.
Experts and enthusiasts led walks to look for everything from birds to fungi, dragonflies to wildflowers and other conservation groups were on hand to share their knowledge.
Miss Thomas added: “We had a woodlouse enthusiast who was very excited because she had found a specific type of woodlouse not usually found in Norfolk.
“There was a real buzz on the day and it was great to see the kids all getting excited about what they were finding, walking with the experts and asking them questions about the different species.”
She said: “Our experts all gave their time very generously this weekend and we hope that they will have processed all their findings over the next week or two.”