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Time Flies!

Time Flies!

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

Joyful July: Mollusc Madness Continues..

Joyful July: Mollusc Madness Continues..

This month has been an exciting one full of mollusc madness, with lots of time out and about in the field. I’ve now managed to complete sampling in two of my three Living Landscape areas, messed around in a boat, used a giant hoover for insects, learnt a lot about midge larvae(?!), philosophised about science and DNA, and hung out with other trainees.

Gwent Wildlife Trust ‘Living Landscape’: Usk to Wye. Sucking up snails!

In this area I decided to look at two reserves; Pentwyn Farm and Wyeswood Common. Both are very interesting reserves and very contrasting. Pentwyn Farm is a … Continue reading

Tantalising Tricky Taxonomy

Tantalising Tricky Taxonomy

Hello everyone,

This last month has flown by and I am now getting rather stuck into my two projects and am surrounded by pots of insects to sort and identify. I have been starting to learn how to identify some of the more tricky species groups of beetles, such as the rove beetles (Staphylinidae). I have also been using some different techniques at Blenheim Park such as bone traps, which are made up of chicken bones wrapped in grass cuttings. These are designed to replicate nests/ carrion in trees and attract dead wood dependant species, however they don’t seem to … Continue reading

Molluscs with a helping of moths

Molluscs with a helping of moths

Hello again from Cardiff!

It’s been a very busy month for me, with lots of exciting things happening. I’ve been spending a lot of time out and about trying to get people to appreciate molluscs… not always the easiest task in the world!

“One, Two, Three…. SLOW!”

 

Last month I met up with my Natural Networks buddy, Delyth Hurley from TCV Tree Life Centre in Bristol.We decided to bring the joys of slugs and snails to Kingswood Park family fun day, and introduce them to the sport of snail racing. Despite the terrible weather, the live snails … Continue reading

A Whirlwind of a Month

A Whirlwind of a Month

I knew from reading previous trainees blog posts that this time of year would get rather busy, however I didn’t appreciate quite how busy it would be! My feet have barely touched the ground and I have learnt an incredible amount. Hopefully I can give you a small flavour of this in this blog post.

Dead Wood Beetles

 

My work at Blenheim Palace has really taken off now, I didn’t really catch that much in the first month of my vane traps being out, however in the last few checks of the traps there has been a lot more in … Continue reading