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Sampling, swatting and training.

Sampling, swatting and training.

 
Spring has finally made it to Northern Ireland, this means that I’ve been busy, busy, busy! I’m just finishing my second stint with the NIEA and we’ve been out sampling invertebrates, alkalinity and diatoms throughout Northern Ireland’s rivers. So far out of the grand total of 272 spring sampling sites, 209 have been taken so far, and by the end of next week it could very easily be 230, so it won’t be long now until it’s all wrapped up.… Read more

A Woolly Winter Update

A Woolly Winter Update

It’s been a while since my last post – sorry! – as I’ve been in a special kind of ecologist’s hibernation through the winter. However, spring is now well underway and I’ve pulled myself away from the microscopes and put the books to one side: it’s time to get blogging.… Read more

Flow Country Research Conference: Looking Forward

Flow Country Research Conference: Looking Forward

March has been an exciting month in Thurso, Caithness.  Scientists, practitioners and students from all over the UK came together for the second Flow Country Research Conference organised by North Highland College UHI’s Environmental Research Institute.  This was a fantastic opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge on the current research taking place in the Flows – the single largest carbon store in the UK and a refuge for many unique species such as the carnivorous Sundew Drosera spp.… Read more

NFM foragers forest

NFM foragers forest

Last week 105 Wild Harvest Trees through the Woodland Trusts Free Trees Scheme arrived in the Allan Water Catchment. Although consisting of varieties that would whet the palate of any wild forager, these fruit/berry/nut trees will also contribute towards minimising flood risk by accompanying the Natural Flood Management (NFM) Community Orchard and riverside (riparian) tree planting in slowing the flow of flood water at Craigton.… Read more

Ballinderry times

Ballinderry times

Hi all,
I’m writing to you from the Ballinderry Rivers Trust where I’ve been working for the last five weeks collecting and processing kick samples from around the Ballinderry and Salterstown catchments. In my time here I’ve managed to collect data on 25 out of 29 Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (RMI) sites and 5 additional investigation sites, these have all been scored using BMWP/ASPT, alongside the RMI and the ART rapid assessment methods.… Read more