VOLUNTEERS descended on Rooksbury Mill Nature Reserve last weekend to take part in a 'bioblitz' of the area.

The Anton River Conservation Association (TARCA) organised the event, which brought people together to record as many species as possible and discover what creatures are lurking in and around the lake.

Species sighted on the day included two nationally scarce clearwing moths, which had never previously been recorded on the reserve, as well as red eyed damselflies, a red kite and a water vole.

All records will go into national databases to help create a better understanding of local wildlife.

Various walks also took place throughout the day, led by Dr Mervyn Grist, David Beeson and John Solomon.

TARCA vice chairman Graeme Davis said: “The day was a great way of recording as much as possible and bringing young and old together and passing on valuable natural history knowledge.”

For more information on future TARCA events search for the Anton River Conservation Association on Facebook.