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Marvellous moths!

Marvellous moths!

Hi everyone, it’s been a long time since my last blog and a lot has happened over the last few months. Let’s begin with September a month of woodlice, moths, minibeast hunts and politicians?!

I attended a Woodlice identification training day with CEDaR on the 3rd of September at Killough Community Centre in Co. Down, which was delivered by Roy Anderson. I had never considered learning how to identify woodlice before, but thought it might be beneficial to find out more about this group. The identification was extremely interesting and surprisingly easy to master. A group that I feel would … Continue reading

Touring the home nations

I have done so much and visited so many places in the past two months, it’s difficult to condense it all into a short blog – but I’ll give it a go. Firstly, please excuse the absence of an October blog. I have been so busy over the past 8 weeks that I never found the time to write it. As such, I’ve included it into this blog along with November.


October began with a visit to the Amateur Entomological Society’s (AES) Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair at Kempton Park Racecourse, London – what an eye opening experience that … Continue reading

About Time

About Time

I’m here! Sorry I’ve been so quiet recently. I’ll give you a catch up on what I’ve been up to.

Back in August! I helped the Green Angels deliver their Bioblitz at Festival Gardens which is 10 minutes walk from my house.

It started quite late so the first activity was to lay small mammal traps and then head out on a bat walk. They were out in force; the clamour of magnified bat calls, swelling all around was quite disorientating. But it was great to catch a glimpse of them feeding against the pale twilight sky.

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Busy, busy, busy –

Busy, busy, busy -

Three words that sum up recent weeks and more so than ever! I have worked with Liam Olds quite a bit in the last couple of months and it’s been great to jointly share our new found skills and strengths with the wider world. As Liam has told you all about the TCV training day at Dare Valley, Invertebrate Link Symposium 2015 and the visit to the Forest of Dean, I will not add more here but please do have a peak at his wonderful blog.

Liam also came along on the inaugural meeting of the British Entomological and Natural … Continue reading

What’s good food & drink without clean air to breathe?

What's good food & drink without clean air to breathe?

I span into September, and have been learning, facilitating, discovering and exploring at full tilt ever since!  The last two months have been jam packed full with public engagement activities and enhancing my experience and knowledge of lichens in different habitats.

September saw me once again joining Sustrans Scotland on one of their stalls, but this time with around 10,000 plus cyclists at the Pedal for Scotland event held at the infamous Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.  I can’t imagine many of those cyclists setting out in the morning imagining they’d be taking a closer look at a lichen or two by the afternoon… but that’s … Continue reading