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The BCU Nest Box Project

Building Homes For Bees

By Aaron Bhambra

Aritifcial cavity nest boxes can be effective tools in the conservation of solitary bees, important (and often neglected) pollinators. We've have teamed up with local conservation charities and Birmingham City University to develop designs for habitats which increase the abundance of these benifical insects throughout urban areas.

Discovering Bees Online

A new online training course from BioLinks

By Aaron Bhambra

Last month marked the end of the first run of the FSC ‘Discovering bees online’ course, part of the lottery funded Biolinks project, aiming to promote and inspire the study of often neglected invertebrate groups. We speak to the course tutor, Aaron Bhambra and see how it went.

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.

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.

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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