There is a growing interest in organising BioBlitzes in Australia. A working group of practitioners have put together this first Australian Guide to Running a BioBlitz (the Guide) which we hope will help many more BioBlitzes to be run across Australia. All thanks to everyone who has contributed and our sponsors – see the Guide for details.

All of us who have run a BioBlitz agree they are just the best way to have fun, explore and learn together in special places and they are definitely worth the hard work of organising them. We hope to see a developing community of practice around the BioBlitz model and welcome your interest and engagement. We will do what we can to support and encourage this.

We would like to thank all those naturalists, scientists, volunteers and participants who have helped to make all the BioBlitzes we have worked on such splendid celebrations of science in nature – see you at the next one!

BioBlitzes are fun, engaging and deliver meaningful outcomes to individuals and organisations but they are also complex and multifaceted events, so we have tried to outline all the details that will help make your event a success for everyone involved.

Australian BioBlitz Resources

Here you will find a downloadable PDF of the Guide and a list of extra resources – information and examples of documents from different BioBlitzes and background information and links which you may find useful.

We now have an Australian BioBlitz logo which you are welcome to adapt to your own event.

These resources will be updated over time and we welcome your contributions, so if you have any content such as Case Studies, stories,  ideas and observations you would like to share please contact Libby Hepburn

The Australian Guide to Running a BioBlitz

Right click (ctrl click on mac) and ‘save as’ to download the Australian guide to running a bioblitz or click to view

Case studies
CASE STUDY_S2S Thurgoona BioBlitz
Case study – World Parks Congress BioBlitz
Case Study – ReefBlitz 2014
Example BioBlitz BUDGET

Example BB Estuary Survey details  including risk assessment



Example promotional materials

Pambula resident leaflet

Survey Registration and Survey Meeting Places

Panboola Bioblitz poster for volunteers
Example survey recording forms

Survey recording form High res
Example BioBlitz timetables
Mim Rocks Friday TimetableOct31
Example Adelaide BioBlitz timetable
Example BioBlitz evaluation questions

Reference links
Smart phone apps
Data upload
Additional BioBlitz and citizen science information
This website
Apps for biodiversity ID – there are many more – please send details of any you find useful
Apps for biodiversity ID

Each State has a faunal ID app from your regional Natural History Museum e.g..
Useful references
Citizen Science Handbook- CCWA  For more information, contact Nic Dunlop on 08 9420 7266 or email
Survey Techniques for Citizen Scientists NPA of NSW
Backyard Explorer – Queensland Museum’s excellent guide to learning about insects and ecology 
There are many other useful sources of information – please help us help everyone develop our skills and understanding by sharing with us details of the useful ones you discover
Working with children
International references 
Our Australian Guide to Running a BioBlitz is designed for this country and is based on the experiences of BioBlitz organisers in Australia and overseas. It is based on the UK model developed as part of the Open Air Laboratories
(OPAL ) program.
Our hope is that this Guide is used far and wide to support the community of practice of running BioBlitzes. It is freely distributed under a Creative Commons- Attribution licence (CC-BY).

The Guide should be cited as: The Australian Guide to Running a BioBlitz (2015): Hepburn L; Tegart P, Roetman P, von Gavel S, Niedra S, Roger E, Miller S, Fyffe T, Brenton P, Lambkin C.

This Guide is a living document which we expect will be developed and improved for both science and the
community over time as practitioners gain experience and understanding, and share their learning.

Practitioner’s contacts:
Libby Hepburn
Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness
02 6495 0917

Patrick Tegart
Science in Nature Services
0449 162 594

Philip Roetman
University of South Australia

Sam Niedra
Better State Environments
0447 183 747