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 planning involved in organising this survey day, clearly the one thing I had forgotten to book was good weather! But, wrapped up in waterproofs and the essential wellies, we set off to the lagoon anyway, armed with nets, sieves and many sample tubes.
The day was a great learning experience for me to get to grips with all the different sampling techniques used in lagoon fieldwork (more detail to follow in the next blog post!), and I can’t wait to find out what species we have collected when I sort through the samples in the lab later…
Sharing Saline Lagoons with New Audiences
As well as collecting more data on the species found in saline lagoons, a big part of my traineeship is to raise awareness of these fascinating habitats. In March, I was invited to give a talk at a science meeting between National Museums Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. I enjoyed having the opportunity to show off the cool invertebrate and plant life that thrives in saline lagoons, including specialist isopods, snails and charophytes.
In April, I travelled to SCENE (Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment) on the sunny banks of Loch Lomond for the Scottish Freshwater Group Spring Conference. I presented a poster on my saline lagoon research, met lots of freshwater biologists and learnt about a variety of freshwater research projects across Scotland through a series of interesting talks throughout the day.
One of my favourite things about my traineeship is how varied every week and day can be! Here are some snippets of my recent adventures:
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