The Friends of Dacres Wood are planning a volunteering session Jan 31st in the morning, and in the afternoon, from 2.30, they will going to be going round with a camera just looking and recording what they see growing, or rotting as the case may be – just as interested in fungi! They would be very pleased if others could join them, with cameras, so that there are more than one pair of eyes.
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.
You are invited to Friends of Dacres Wood Nature Reserve AGM on Saturday 27th June at 12pm-1pm. Please come along if you wish to be involved in your local Nature Reserve. We are also seeking new members for the committee and the current Chair and Treasurer will be stepping down. If you would like to be involved, please join us at the AGM or email the Secretary.
The reserve will then be open between 1pm-4pm for the month Open Day where you can come and take part in some pond dipping.
|Friends of Dacres Wood Nature Reserve invite you to a Teddy Bears Picnic
for the next Open Day. Saturday 31st May 1-4pm.
Dacres Wood Nature Reserve will be open the last Saturday of every month.
If you would like to volunteer and help out on the day please contact us
or speak with us on the 31st May. Otherwise come along to enjoy your
local nature reserve.
See you there.
Further details can be found at http://dacreswood.org.uk/