Natural Talent blog

Esmee Fairbairn acknowledgement

So long and thanks for all the molluscs!

So long and thanks for all the molluscs!

And so my last day as a TCV Natural Talent trainee has arrived!

What and amazing and quick year it’s been. On my final blog post I’d like to share some great moments over the past year. Here are just a few of the basic stats…

And a some photos of just a few of many great moments…

A massive thank you to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Musuem Wales for hosting my placement, especially to all the staff in Natural Sciences who have been super supportive and made me feel so welcome. Make sure you pop into National Museum … Continue reading

Joyful January: DNA extractions and finishing up identifications

Joyful January: DNA extractions and finishing up identifications

Hello again!

At the time of writing I have only one week left of my Natural Talent placement here at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales! The past year has gone so quickly and been amazing! I still have plenty of things to finish off which is what I’ve been concentrating on this month.

Fabulous freshwater snails

One of my most challenging mollusc projects in Gwent Wildlife Trust’s “Living Landscape” areas has been on the Gwent Levels, looking at the freshwater fauna of Magor Marsh and Great Traston Meadows. With 67 samples collected across the two wetland sites, containing many different freshwater snail species, several bivalve … Continue reading

A Fond Farewell

A Fond Farewell

How time flies! I am now at the end of my traineeship with Natural England and Buglife. It has been a whirlwind of a year and I have really enjoyed it. My taxonomic skills and knowledge has increased a huge amount. But more importantly for me, my outreach skills and confidence skills have increased. Huge thank yous must go to John McFarland, Amy Styles and Rebecca Strofton for running things from the TCV end. Thanks also go to Buglife and Natural England for hosting me this year last, with a special thanks to Jon Webb and Sarah Henshall for mentoring me. All … Continue reading

Delightful December: Woodland snails, travels and looking ahead

Delightful December: Woodland snails, travels and looking ahead

Happy New Year! Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Tricksy woodland snails

This month I’ve been trying to finish off another one of my projects with Gwent Wildlife Trust. Back in September 10 litres of leaf litter were collected from different areas of woodland at Silent Valley nature reserve. Each of these bags had to be dried out and then passed through different graded sieves. The material from every sieve layer then is picked through and all the snails removed. These often tiny snails are then identified to species level – a challenge when some are only a few millimetres at adult size! These small species would have been … Continue reading

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

Wow, where has time gone? We are now into January and close to what would be the end of my traineeship. Thankfully my traineeship has been extended into mid February now which is great and has given me the opportunity to do more exciting things.

My reports for Blenheim Palace and Woodwalton Fen are finished now with just final tweaks being made to the article for The Coleopterist which has been accepted. This is really rewarding and all the feedback I have has been positive. I am speaking about my work at Blenheim Palace at the Coleopterist Day next month … Continue reading