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Nature journaling at Horsenden Farm/woods

I plan on spending an hour around the Horsenden Farm area for my Feb #naturechallenge nature journal.
If anyone fancies joining me, then you are more than welcome 😊💚
It’s not a course or training, just for company, to meet and chat if anyone wants to.
I plan on being there anyway.

Note: I cannot walk far so won’t be able to venture to the woods but I highly recommend it 😊

– Bring a notebook and pen/pencil.
– Use your phone to record notes as I tend to write up my journal once back home.
– Dress warmly, fingerless gloves are helpful.
– Binoculars if you have them
– Check out the post and download some ID apps before you come.



Wriggling into Recording: 10 Years of the National Earthworm Recording Scheme

FREE webinar with Keiron Derek Brown

The National Earthworm Recording Scheme was launched in 2014 by the Earthworm Society of Britain to tackle the low number of earthworm species occurrence records accessible to scientists and conservationists in the UK. With over 20,000 records now accessible to all through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, we explore what the new data is telling us about earthworm ecology and distributions.

Keiron Derek Brown is the UK’s national recorder for earthworms, a trustee of the Earthworm Society of Britain and delivers training on earthworm ecology, surveying and identification.

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Field Meeting – learning about bryophytes

Come along to explore the miniature world of bryophytes – mosses and liverworts. John Morrell will be helping us to find and discover the details of these tiny, complex plants and we’ll be using microscopes to find out more.
All are welcome – stout footwear and warm clothing advised. Children are welcome with parent/carers but it’s more suited to children over 10.
Refreshments too!


Water Beetles: Recording & Atlases of Britain & Ireland

Free talk about the history and future of recording water beetles in the British Isles with Prof Garth Foster.

Water beetles have a long history of biological recording, with the first scheme starting in 1904 and the earliest recorders including Charles Darwin. Garth will provide a brief introduction to the history of water beetle recording, before discussing the recent publication of three volumes of the water beetle atlas for Britain and Ireland, illustrated by anecdotes about some recent records. We’ll end the talk with a call to action for the next generation of water beetle recorders and details about how to get involved.

Prof Garth Foster has been studying water beetles for sixty years or more. He has co-authored books covering the atlas of water beetles in Britain and Ireland, based on over 600,000 records acquired as part of the recording schemes.

entoLIVE is delivered by the Biological Recording Company and sponsored by the British Entomological & Natural History Society .


Weird But Wonderful World of Worms: Tales From The Museum Collections

We delve into the Natural History Museum’s collections to explore some of the strange but fascinating worms, from leeches to bristle worms.

The term “worm” is often used synonymously with earthworms, but nature is full of many fascinating worms that we are much less familiar with. this includes the predatory or blood-sucking leeches and the fascinating bristle worms found in our seas and oceans. Drawing on the incredible collections of the Natural History Museum London, we explore some fascinating worm specimens and learn how their study has led to some important, or often slightly strange, discoveries.

Emma Sherlock is the Senior Curator of Annelids at the Natural History Museum London, looking after the segment worm collections (including earthworms, leeches and bristle worms) as well as undertaking fieldwork both at home and abroad, and describing new species. Emma was one of the founders of the Earthworm Society of Britain back in 2009 and is currently the Chair of the Society. she also produced the Field Studies Council ‘Key to the Earthworms of the UK and Ireland’.


The London Bee Situation: How Sustainable Is Beekeeping in London?

FREE live webinar with Mark Patterson

For more than 10 years London has seen an unprecedented rise in beekeeping across the city’s urban landscape. This talk will look at how sustainable beekeeping is in London and how it can impact other pollinators. In recent years well-meaning intentions have led to unsustainable actions.

Mark Patterson is an ecologist and beekeeper in London and an active recorder of wild bees. Through his consultancy Apicultural he works with local authorities, London business and community organisations to help the capital’s pollinators.

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Streams To Spiders: How Aquatic Insects Interconnect Our Ecosystems

FREE live webinar with Liam Nash

Freshwaters and forests might seem like definitively separate habitats, but they are in fact tightly interconnected by insects. These insects, such as mayflies, dragonflies and mosquitoes, develop in water but emerge onto land as winged adults, with a powerful impact on the surrounding landscape. Some feed birds, bats, lizards and spiders, others transfer microplastics and heavy metals out of rivers and others form swarms so large they are picked up by weather satellites. This talk will delve into how these largely overlooked insects create an interconnected world in ways we don’t always expect.

Liam Nash is a 4th year NERC PhD student primarily based at Queen Mary, University of London in collaboration with ZSL and the University of Campinas. He specialises in community and conservation ecology and have worked with all kinds of invertebrates in Brazil and across the UK.

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Bumblebees & Their Differing Habitats: A Decade of Citizen Science

How a decade of citizen science has increased our knowledge of bumblebee populations and their differing habitats.

Bumblebees are some of the best-loved insect species but much remains to be discovered about them. In this talk, we’ll hear how 10 years of citizen science monitoring data has been used to reveal the different habitat preferences among 14 British bumblebee species. Penelope will discuss the variation among species and what this means for bumblebee conservation.

Dr Penelope Whitehorn is a wildlife biologist and works as co-Chief Scientist for Highlands Rewilding. After studying Zoology and Conservation, she worked for a number of conservation organisations in the UK, Eastern Africa and the US. Her PhD, at the University of Stirling, assessed the impacts of inbreeding and parasites on bumblebees. Much of her research since then has focussed on these delightful insects, including exploring the effects of pesticides and looking into the broader ecological effects of land management and climate change, the latter with an Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship in Germany. In 2022, Penelope returned to Scotland to work for Highlands Rewilding but remains passionate about bumblebees!


DragonflyWatch: The National Dragonfly Recording Scheme

FREE live webinar with Eleanor Colver

Dragonflies and damselflies make up the insect order Odonata and are the focus of the British Dragonfly Society (BDS). The BDS has accumulated over a million verified species occurrence records of dragonflies and damselflies have been accumulated through monitoring and recording of these fascinating insects, some dating back to the 19th century. This talk will provide an overview of the National Dragonfly Recording Scheme, how it influences dragonfly conservation and how you can get involved.

Eleanor Colver is Conservation Officer for the British Dragonfly Society. She graduated with a BSc Zoology with Conservation from Bangor University and an MSc Biodiversity and Conservation from Leeds University. After graduating, Ellie spent a year wading around in RSPB wetland reserves as a Warden Intern, performing practical habitat management with volunteers. She also spent two seasons as the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project’s Senior Research Assistant, monitoring upland wildlife. During this time Ellie had the opportunity to observe Odonata in a range of habitats, and found that the more she learnt about their ecology the more she wanted to discover, leading her to her current role.

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Celebrating Ladybirds: Developing Our Knowledge Through Citizen Science

FREE live webinar with Professor Helen Roy

Ladybirds are much-loved insects. Our understanding of the ecology of these beautiful beetles has been in part from the contributions of many citizen scientists. I will provide some insights into the diverse and intriguing life histories of ladybirds.

Professor Helen Roy MBE is an ecologist at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. She is fascinated by the ways in which environmental change effects the interactions between insects and other species. Biological invasions have been the focus of much of her research. Helen leads many collaborative national and international research projects. She is leading research for the EC on enhancing understanding and awareness of invasive alien species. Helen leads a Defra-funded project to produce a comprehensive information portal on non-native species in Great Britain which also includes annual reports on status and trends of invasive alien species and the development of an alert system for people to report sightings of concern. Over the last few years she has had the privilege of working with the UK Overseas Territories to predict and prioritise invasive non-native species. Her research on invasive non-native species has received international recognition and she is currently leading a global assessment on invasive non-native species for the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Helen also enjoys science communication and public engagement with research which led to her interest in citizen science. She has a passion for ladybirds and has led the UK Ladybird Survey, including tracking the spread of the invasive alien ladybird, Harmonia axyridis, alongside Peter Brown (Anglia Ruskin University) for more than 15 years. Helen is delighted to be the current President of the Royal Entomological Society. Helen was awarded an MBE in 2018 in recognition of her contributions to biodiversity science.

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