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The RHS Cellar Slug Survey

BioLinks Blog RHS Cellar SlugHave you seen these helpful slugs? 

by Imogen Cavadino

Slugs – most gardens have them, but somehow these slippery creatures are often under recorded, with little known about which species are where in Britain. In fact, it was not until 2011 that we realised just how many species are established in Britain, when a detailed study of the fauna revealed 22% more species were present in Britain than we thought!

The City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge

by Victoria Burton and Benjamin Town

Take a closer look at nature by joining cities around the world to find and identify wildlife on your doorstep between 30th of April and the 3rd of May. People in over 400 cities worldwide, including 13 others in the UK, will be finding, and recording wildlife over a four-day period.

A New Guide for Identifying Grasses

Grasses blog bannerA Guide for Grasses 

by Hilary Wallace

This ground-breaking new AIDGAP Guide to Identifying Grasses using Vegetative Characters covers the 90 most common species found in the UK. Contrary to most keys to grasses, it does not require examination of the flower heads, so it will help habitat surveyors carry out fieldwork for much more of year.

UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS)

Polling the Pollinators

by Martin Harvey

Could you sit in the sunshine, in front of a patch of flowers, and spend ten minutes watching and counting all the insects that land on just one of the flower species in that patch? If so you could make a valuable contribution to monitoring pollinating insects...  

 

Project Splatter: Revealing the truth about UK roadkill through citizen science

Roadside science

by Sarah Raymond

Sarah discusses the importance of monitoring and recording wildlife road casulties to help understand the status of UK's wildlife.

Conserving the Aspen Hoverfly

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by Ross Poulton

The Aspen Hoverfly is a rare species of saproxcylic pollinator and a protected species of invertebrate. It is currently confined to Scotland, where the larvae will develop inside rotting pieces of old growth Aspen trees. To conserve this valuable pollinator, volunteers and researchers are enhancing the extent of this Hoverflys unique habitat.

PlantAlert

Preventing future invasions of ornamental plants

by April Webb

PlantAlert is a citizen science intiiative surveying horticultural taxa proliferating in gardens with the aim of identifying the potential future problematic plants that could escape to natural habitats and cause issues. Find out how you can help the project...

Eco-Skills - An Introduction

Expanding our learning pathways beyond invertebrates...

by Clare Rooney

Clare Rooney is the Engagement & Training Manager for the new Eco-Skills training programme. In this blog, Clare tells us about what her team are working on and the exciting new training opportunitities are now available to book with the Field Studies Council.

Wildlife Recording in the Urban World

Get excited by the upcoming NFBR virtual conference!

by  Keiron Derek Brown

Wildlife recording isn't just important in honeypots, such as nature reserves. The urban world is a fascinating mosaic of habitats itself, and is where wildlife and humans interact the most. Keiron explains what the upcoming NFBR conference has to offer and why we should all be attending this virtual event.

Identifying Blow Flies - Part 2

Learn how the new ID guide works...

by Olga Sivell

Blow flies are important insects which have a fairly widespread distribution across the UK. A newly created Royal Entomological Society (RES) handbook & Key of British Blow flies created by Olga Sivell, provides an updated in-depth guide, with high quality diagnostic photographs, for anyone interested in identifying these fascinating flies!

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