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Getting Into My Wellies: Essential Kit for a Saline Lagoons Trainee!

Getting Into My Wellies: Essential Kit for a Saline Lagoons Trainee!

Hello again! I am now three months into my saline lagoons traineeship with The Conservation Volunteers and National Museums Scotland. With the arrival of spring and (slightly) better weather, the past two months have seen me spending more and more time outdoors in my wellies! Here are just a few of the things I have been up to in March and April (both in and out of my wellies!)…

Surveying My First Saline Lagoon

After learning and talking so much about saline lagoons over the past few months, it was very exciting to finally visit one! Despite the weeks of … Continue reading

Lovely Levels, aquatic snails, amazing parasites and more…

Lovely Levels, aquatic snails, amazing parasites and more...

Hello from sunny wales!

It’s been a busy and eventful couple of months full of snails, with things hotting up for the summer season. Here is your latest Mollusc update from National Museum Wales, Cardiff…

March roundup

The 16th March saw National Museum Wales host the AGM for Cardiff Scientific Society. This was a great opportunity to show them the Mollusca section and the work we are doing, including talking to them about my traineeship. They were a really interesting bunch of people, who host a fascinating and entertaining set of lectures between October and March in Cardiff.

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March: Month of planning and collections!

March: Month of planning and collections!

Hi folks! Looks like March continues the trend of me visiting museums as I get the chance to visit Manchester University’s museum to learn to catalogue solitary bee specimens from the collections.

We were looking through the collections to retrieve historical data on the location of different solitary bees. These species records are part of an on-going mapping project at the World Museum and will be added to a modern Cheshire Atlas of Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants). Museum collections contain vast amounts of data – which can tell us important information on the distribution and abundance of different bee … Continue reading

Spring has Sprung!

Spring has Sprung!

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick update from me. It finally feels like spring is here and the start of my season of surveying has begun. The focus of my traineeship is entomology as a whole, however looking at dead wood invertebrates, especially beetles has been something that I have been keen to look at. My traps at Blenheim Palace have now been in place for a month now and I checked them all last week and am beginning to sort through and identify the material. This is rather exciting as you never know what you may find, especially on an under recorded … Continue reading

Invasives’ Irradiator…in training

Invasives’ Irradiator…in training

Hello, my name is Eleanor and I’m the TCV Natural Talent Invasive Non-Native Species Trainee, based at the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) in Northern Ireland. As this is my first blog, I thought I’d provide some background on the organisation I’m based with; briefly explain what invasive species are and why they pose such a challenge; and give you a taste of some of the things I’ve got up to in the first two months of my traineeship.

My organisation…CEDaR

CEDaR is the local biological records centre for Northern Ireland. It is a partnership between the … Continue reading