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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Throwback Thursday – More earthworm sampling (December 2013)

Two years ago I was volunteering on yet another week of earthworm sampling on the NERC BESS project, this time in Leicestershire and Dorset. This week features farty mustard solution and an exciting day in an active quarry! Another county, another field… Last Monday and Tuesday I was again away with the Natural History Museum Soil …

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Soil, microbes and pasties

Last week I was pleased to have another day of fieldwork, this time in the New Forest National Park in south England. The New Forest includes one of the largest areas of pasture, heathland and forest in south east England and the site we visited is Whitley Wood, a oak-beech wood pasture woodland with grazing deer …

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Sorting litter at home and abroad

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 samples have spent three days in the Winkler bags the pots are removed and the alcohol containing the invertebrates (and …

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A day in the woods with the Soil Biodiversity Group

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 and plant surveys I have been doing as part of my work at Reading University. The project I assisted …

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Earthworms – the final chapter!

  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 statistician on the project to work his magic. The result was an epic 400 mile round trip to finish off sampling fields in Leicestershire, Berkshire and Dorset. It …

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