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One minute interview with Tamsin from the Avon Bat Group (and her captive bat, Devon!).

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Pete the Bug Man talks about his Bioblitz experience in 60 seconds.

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One minute interview with Steph Gillett, volunteer guide at Bioblitz 2012.

 

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We chatted to Niall Benvie, a renowned Scottish wildlife photographer, about his ‘Meet Your Neighbours’ project and why he thinks events such as BioBlitz are important.

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Check out some of the One Minute Interviews we have conducted over the course of the afternoon…

1. Kathryn, Media Team member

2. Alex, Resident Ornithologist

3. Becky, Guide

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How do you find a hedgehog in a cemetery? We asked mammal specialist Gill Brown the very same question, and she kindly chatted to us about exactly what she would be doing to find these elusive nocturnal creatures…

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Pete the Bug Man with a pooter

Pete the Bug Man with a pooter

Who are you?

Pete, AKA the Bug Man.

Why are you here?

I’m here to help inspire people to look at the world around them differently, and especially to help them take notice of the insect world.

What has been your favourite find?

Someone came across a lovely beetle that looks just like a wasp. In fact, the person who saw it first actually thought it was a wasp! Its a species of longhorn beetle called a wasp beetle.

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Matthew Oates

Matthew Oates

Who are you?

I’m Matthew and I’m the National Trust’s specialist on invertebrates.

You’re leading the ‘bug walk’ at the moment. How’s it going?

We’re doing really well. We’ve only walked a hundred metres, but we’ve already found examples of pretty much everything in the insect world, including a fascinating nomad bee. Most of the things we find are new to the visitors here, and some are even new to me.

What do you like most about being here at the BioBlitz?

Helping people to learn how many species there are out there. We usually just walk straight past things like this, but today we’re stopping to have a look. We’re all having a fantastic time.

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Rob, Katie and Milly

Katie (left), Rob and Milly

Who are you?

We’re Katie, Rob and Milly.

What brings you to the BioBlitz?

We’re looking for bugs. Milly has a bug kit at home, but our garden is quite small. There’s much more to see here. And there are experts on hand here to help, which is great.

What have you found so far?

We’ve found all sorts of bugs, like spiders and dung flies. Our favourites are the spiders, all wriggly and with lots of pretty colours.

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The BioBlitz bard as a pigeon

The BioBlitz bard performing his pigeon poem

Who are you?

I’m Caleb Parkin, or ‘Skylab‘ as I am known in a performing capacity.

What are you here to do?

I am here to perform my poems about vermin, each of which are based on one of the seven deadly sins. I like challenging people’s assumptions, getting them to think why we class animals such as foxs, rats and pigeons as vermin when actually all they are doing is successfully fulfilling a niche created by human excess.

Each of my poems takes inspiration from a great poet, such as Ted Hughes, I like to put a unique spin on poems people recognise, and get them to look at vermin from a different perspective.

There will be a video featuring some of Calebs vermin poetry coming soon.

For more information on Skylab visit his blog.

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