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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

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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