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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

March = Muddy Mollusc Madness!

March = Muddy Mollusc Madness!

Hello again,

Imogen here with more mollusc goodness for your soul from National Museum Wales. I can’t believe another month has gone, it’s flown past so quickly! For me, this month has been all about getting to grips with freshwater molluscs.

Fabulous Forest School fun

The end of last month I went on a visit to my local TCV office, The Tree Life Centre, where I got to meet some of the lovely staff and catch up with Delyth my nearest Natural Networks trainee. I had fun helping out with some Forest Schools sessions and getting … Continue reading

Beetle Mania

Beetle Mania

Wow, it is fair to say that the last four weeks have been a whorl-wind of non stop adventure, as the map below showing where I have recorded wildlife in the last month, proves.

Dead Wood Invertebrates

I have spent four days in Windsor Park (Berkshire) in the last month. This site is of international importance for its dead wood associated wildlife and I have been focusing on the beetles there. This site is a great location for me to learn about dead wood habitats and to learn about surveying techniques. This time in the field is … Continue reading

Beginning to learn the nitty gritty!

Beginning to learn the nitty gritty!

Hi there!

My name is Lorna and I’m the new TCV Natural Talent Trainee based at the Liverpool World Museum. This coming year I’ll be looking at pollinators of created meadows. With a particular focus on lesser known groups such as solitary bees and hoverflies.

In the past I’ve had my fair share of experience with pollinators; such as butterflies, moths and bumblebees. But I’ve always wanted to learn about and ID the ‘harder groups’. In the past these important insects have been tantalising but have appeared somewhat inaccessible to me. Hidden behind complex sounding latin names and some being … Continue reading

Final Farewell

Final Farewell

After 14 months on the Natural Talent scheme, it is time to say goodbye – this will be my last ever blog with The Conservation Volunteers. There are so many words I could use to some-up the whole experience, and ‘life-changing’ is definitely one of them. I can honestly say that my time on the Natural Talent scheme has truly been the best 14 months of my life so far! Rarely do you get an opportunity to dedicate an entire year (or more) of your life to doing something you enjoy, while still earning an income!

There is so much … Continue reading