Mission Invertebrate

This weekend I was back at The Regent's Park helping with their project Mission Invertebrate. This project is funded by the People's Postcode Lottery and is investigating what invertebrates live in The Regent's Park and how this relates to where the Park's hedgehog population lives. The project is a citizen science project - members of …

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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 – Earthworms by numbers (May 2014)

A day late for #wormwednesday this post looks back on the earthworms I identifying during my volunteer work on the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group BESS Earthworm Project.   Last week I finished sorting and identifying ‘my’ half of the Soil Biodiversity Group’s samples from the BESS Earthworm Project. The tubes from the last …

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What worm is that?

I started species identification of earthworms after attending a course in 2013 which proved very useful when I went on to sample earthworms and other soil animals during my MSc project. After my masters I continued identifying earthworms as a volunteer for the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group as well as for 'fun' collecting species …

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Throwback Thursday – Fungi in Shropshire

Just in time for UK Fungus Day this week's #throwbackthursday looks back at a training course on the identification of fungi I attended in October 2013. UK Fungus Day is on the 11th October and is run by the British Mycological Society. It aims to raise the awareness of fungi and fungal research throughout the United Kingdom …

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Throwback Thursday – A weekend of hoverflies (August 2013)

This week's Throwback Thursday covers a course on hoverfly identification I attended in August 2013 as part of a qualification in Biological Recording and Species Identification. A weekend of hoverflies This weekend I was at the Field Studies Centre at Preston Montford in Shropshire to learn about hoverflies. This is the penultimate course in my University Certificate …

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My first music festival – with science!

I enjoy music, but until now had never been to a music festival, all those crowds of people, loud noise and camping was not something I thought I could cope with. However I was aware from talking to my colleagues at the University of Reading last year that festivals are not just about music, and often …

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