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3 Year Olds and 300 People – August at Buglife

3 Year Olds and 300 People - August at Buglife

Hello,

Another busy few weeks have flown by, and there’s so much been going on that a half-way through the month blog was needed. It’s  finally been time to get stuck into the field visits to all the sites in Scotland where the Pond Mud Snail is currently found, plus summer events have been happening fast over July and August. I’ve been working with groups and nature enthusiasts of all ages from three year old nursery pupils to local families and keen nature recorders.

For Buglife I have also completed my first Scottish Invertebrate Update: the monthly e-newsletter with conservation … Continue reading

A month of surveying and curating

A month of surveying and curating

Shore surveys and Wednesday Waders

I am extremely lucky to be able to regularly walk the Sefton coastline and I am always amazed that you can find something different every time! Surveying the mudflats is something I could do all day, working with The Wildlife Trusts and the National Trust I get the opportunity to share my passion with the public. The ‘Wednesday Waders’ sessions ran by these organizations are a great way to meet the public and together walk along Formby beach. A session I ran by myself is the Rock Free Rock-pooling, aimed at getting younger generations excited … Continue reading

Path Building in Plean: Connecting Places and People

Path Building in Plean: Connecting Places and People

As TCV’s “American intern” this summer I’m told Scotland is lulling me into a false sense of security with the recent heatwave. But we were all grateful for sunny skies on Tuesday, July 18th as we worked on our tans and a new trail in Plean Country Park!

An ongoing collaboration between TCV and Friends of Plean Country Park hatched a six-month Employment Training Project funded by Stirling Council. Individuals gain essential employability skills while contributing to the upkeep of Plean and networking with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Folks from TCV’s midweek work group teamed up with … Continue reading

Month Four!

Month Four!

Another busy month, with a mix of fieldwork, helping out with a family friendly insect walk, dormouse surveys, Botany outings and two brilliant courses.

I love being out in the field, learning how to identify species and collecting specimens. This has been a very busy month in terms of surveying. I have continued the monthly visits to Ffos y Fran and Pentwyn, the freezer at the museum is filling up fast with loads of specimens to work through and identify, when things start to quieten down!

Here are some findings from my recent visit to Pentwyn….

Mike (my mentor) makes … Continue reading

Learning by Doing!

Learning by Doing!

Here we are in mid July, and the season is in full swing! At the moment I feel like a child in a sweetshop. There’s so much to see and I don’t want to miss anything before it’s gone for another year!

Once again, I’ve made the most of all the wonderful opportunities on offer here at FSC Preston Montford and Head Office. I’ve been linking in with local entomologists and bryologists in north Wales, as well as learning from the paid and unpaid Shropshire specialists who give so generously of their time and expertise.

The … Continue reading

Happy mermaid

Happy mermaid

Hello again!

It´s July already, can you believe it?

CoCoast training 

It was such a great experience, totally recommended, to be part of the CoCoast training at Limeklins. And it was all thanks to Inner Forth Landscape, collaborating on the CoCoast training and giving us a room to be.

Everything starts with a talk, guiding you to an overview on Marine Science and the importance of seaweeds. After that, you start an indoor seaweed ID. The organiser had small tanks with different seaweeds, different colours and sizes, plus several ID Guides so we could give it a goal. From my … Continue reading

Highlights of Month Three and a Trip to the Yorkshire Dales

Highlights of Month Three and a Trip to the Yorkshire Dales

Hello,

It’s now the third month of my Buglife traineeship and the biggest highlight was getting to go on my first Field Studies Council training course, staying at Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales for 4 days. Working on a freshwater project with Buglife and spending a lot of my time in and around ponds it only made sense to get up to speed with the world of freshwater invertebrates.

I spent much of the rest of the month planning my TCV solo project which will be based in the Southside of Glasgow and something I’m really looking forward to … Continue reading

Train Hard, Snail Hard: Highlights from June

Train Hard, Snail Hard: Highlights from June

Hello again, 

It’s already the second month of my traineeship which signaled the start of the school outreach programme attached to the Marvellous Mud Snails Buglife project. I’ve been on some really fun school visits in the last few weeks, plus the site visits to go out and record the current Mud Snail populations are also in the diary. I’m also hoping to get out and survey some potential sites and look for ideal places to re-locate and release the captive reared snails at the beginning of next year.

I realised that this month also marked the beginning of me … Continue reading

Micro Moths of the Month

Micro Moths of the Month

The month of June has been an incredible month of moth surveying!! From the windy and rainy Highlands to the…… windy and rainy Borders.

I attended the Scottish Entomological Gathering (SEG) in Eyemouth, right down at the border with England. Entomologists met up from all over Scotland to share their knowledge and to survey the local area; it was a great opportunity to meet experienced moth experts and learn all I could from them. Over three days my team managed to record 479 moths and 103 different species!!

One of rarest species we located was the Dew Moth. A nationally scarce A … Continue reading

June on the rocky shore

June on the rocky shore

Summer is already here! And with it, so many exiting things!

First week: Phase 1 habitat survey training (TCV-Edinburgh)

The main focus of the course was to learn how to assess a habitat type using the Phase 1 survey methodology, to map and write this up competently and to understand how to read Phase 1 habitat maps. We spent most part of our time outdoors, learning about different habitats and tips to recognise them quickly. I totally recommend this course, I learnt a lot!

Second week. Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre

I was lucky to spend two days this week at … Continue reading