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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

April and May: 4 C’s – conference, connections, convent and courses.

April and May: 4 C's - conference, connections, convent and courses.

Hello again, I am now four months into my Invasive Species traineeship with TCV, CEDaR and the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA). The two months since my last update have flown by as the majority of April and May have been spent out and about – 3 trips to England and Wales, 8 events, 5 training courses and numerous days exploring (and surveying) the Northern Ireland countryside. Indeed, a quick diary review revealed that I have spent 33 of the last 43 days out of the office! My exploits are therefore too … Continue reading

April: plants and conferences

April: plants and conferences

Hi again, that’s me slowly catching up on my blog entries. You’ll see why I’ve been so busy recently! So this might be a little longer than my previous ones.

Firstly, I’d like to chat about a little idea I have to do with pollination of wildflowers. It turns out that the World Museum, here in Liverpool, has a lovely little meadow oasis right next to the entrance. It’s great to have a little biodiverse green space right in the heart of the city. And I’m keen to take some wild flowers from this meadow to illustrate interesting pollination facts … Continue reading