The Nature’s Gym Programme for January -March 2017 is now available. There are a couple of new sites to whet you appetite and some great projects where we will be working in partnership with other local organisations.
If you are new to Nature’s Gym, please check out our FAQ and Nature’s Gym pages where hopefully you will find all the information that you need. If after reading this you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us. You can also read a little about the team that you’ll be working with.
A big thank you to all the volunteers we’ve had this last year. We’ve had 571 volunteers, which equates to over 1500 hours and £14,500 worth of work! We have achieved so much this year and you should all be very proud of yourselves. Judith and I can’t thank you enough. You’ve come out in all weathers, dug heaps of bramble and created a lot of new habitats!
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year. In the meantime, we hope you have a lovely Christmas and enjoy all the festivities!
Take it away Bing and Frank!
Insects are everywhere. They are so many, and so varied – fascinating, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre. Through their mind-boggling biodiversity they offer us a window into the ecological complexity of life on Earth, and give us a powerful insight of the workings of the natural world. But their small size means that they can easily be overlooked or ignored. However it doesn’t take much specialist equipment to have a closer look. Using simple methods and materials provided, this 1-day workshop will look at techniques to find and observe a wide variety of different insects, then how to preserve sample specimens for examination under the microscope.
In the morning, we’ll tour the reserve, finding and discussing the many different insect groups — looking at their structure, behaviour, life histories, and some easy identification pointers. In the afternoon, during the laboratory session, there will be the opportunity to look at some in more detail, and consider how studying insects can contribute to our understanding of nature, and the contribution it can make through citizen science.
Curious? Why curious? Entomologists might, at first, seem a bit eccentric, but they pursue their study of the natural world with a passion fuelled by curiosity.
Richard Jones is an acclaimed expert entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a former President of the British Entomological and Natural History Society. He writes regularly for BBC Wildlife, Countryfile, Gardeners’ World and Sunday Times. He has written several books on insects, including Extreme Insects, The Little Book of Nits, House Guests — House Pests, and Call of Nature — The Secret Life of Dung.
To book, please email Nick Pond or call him on 020 8314 2007.