I’m back with more slug and snail goodness for you from National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
Autumn wonders: Yellow Lemon Slugs
As we rolled into September you could feel autumn starting to creep in. For me this is an exciting time! It means fungi will start fruiting, with mushrooms appearing on the forest floor. Why is this so exciting for a mollusc enthusiast? Well, one of the species that has most intrigued me is the elusive Lemon Slug (Malacolimax tenellus).
This mysterious animal only appears in the autumn and winter months, surfacing to feed on fungal fruiting … Continue reading
Since my last blog post I have spent the majority of my time really trying to get to grips with the identification of the groups of beetles that I am specialising in. For my work at Woodwalton Fen this means learning how to identify ground beetles (Family: Carabidae) and rove beetles (Staphylinidae), this includes a lot of microscope work as you have to look at intricate features on the beetles in order to identify them, such as hairs on their legs, micro-sculpture on their wing cases etc. In the case of many of the rove beetles, you also have to dissect … Continue reading
Back again with more mollusc related goodness. It’s been a busy month, with lots of travelling and some exciting finds!
The legendary Mary Gillham
At the beginning of the month I headed off to the local records centre, SEWBReC as part of my exchange with their LEMUR+ trainee. Here I spent most of my time working on the Mary Gillham project. Dr Mary Gillham was a pioneering female naturalist, who spent most of her life educating people about nature and campaigning for nature conservation. After her death in 2013 she left a huge archive of materials to … Continue reading
Got started May off with a bang by doing something really exciting (and maybe a little scary) – getting interviewed by a film crew! This was orchestrated by Norton Priory Museum (located in Runcorn, Cheshire), which also happens to have lovely grounds and a beautifully maintained walled garden. They wanted to have a series of interviews with specialists in their field about all the different kinds of wildlife that you can find at the Norton Priory gardens. They were really keen to have someone talk about pollinators and the range of species which can be found in the gardens – so that’s where … Continue reading
As always this month has been hectic. Despite being away on holiday for two weeks, I have managed to pack in a lot in my work time this month!
A Focus on Nature Insect Workshop
I sit on the committee for A Focus on Nature a group that brings together people between the ages of 16 and 30 in Britain that have an interest in wildlife. I was asked to lead some workshops for other young naturalists at an insect weekend, based at the Old Sulehay Nature Reserve in Northamptonshire. My first workshop was on dead wood invertebrates, … Continue reading