Fieldwork finished!

After what feels like ages (actually, 5 months is quite a long time!) I have finished my fieldwork, hurrah! I sampled soil and leaf-litter invertebrates, and microbes, in total of 38 sites in 6 different land-use types (deciduous forest, coniferous forest, heathland, pasture, cropland and urban areas) with the aim to compare how species differ …

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Real ‘fieldwork’

The majority of invertebrates hibernate during the winter, since they do not produce their own body heat like mammals and birds it is too cold for them to be active. However, 10cm under the ground the soil is often a few degrees warmer than the air and many soil animals are still active, including earthworm, so …

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Throwback Thursday – sorting litter at home and abroad (July 2014)

Today I look back at my volunteer work sorting leaf litter samples with the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group. Since I finished volunteering on the BESS Earthworm Project I have been continuing to work in the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group sorting leaf litter samples on my day off. After the sieved leaf litter …

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Throwback Thursday – A day in the woods with the Soil Biodiversity Group (July 2014)

This week's #throwbackthursday looks back at fieldwork as part of the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group NVC project. I recently took a day off volunteer on fieldwork with the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group – my first fieldwork with the group since the BESS Earthworm Project, and a nice change from the pollinator …

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Throwback Thursday – A royally good earthworm meeting (June 2014)

This week's Throwback Thursday looks back at the Earthworm Society of Britain field trip to Richmond Park in 2014. A couple of weekends a go I attended a meeting organised by the Earthworm Society of Britain (ESB), this two day event consisted of a field trip to Richmond Park on the Saturday followed by a …

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Throwback Thursday – Earthworms – the final chapter! (December 2013)

This week's #throwbackthursday chronicles the final part of field work on the NERC BESS earthworm project in 2013 - hard to believe two years have past since we finished! With the soil analysis laboratory in York shortly closing for Christmas the race was on to complete enough samples in each field and county for the …

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