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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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Late nights and bright lights – sound like your average Saturday evening? Not if you’re with the Bristol Moth Group, who were up into the wee hours surveying moths with light traps. Here’s a look at who they are and what they got up to.

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After spending part of yesterday showing children from local schools how to create their own tracking trap Gill Brown left out her own larger traps overnight here at Arnos Vale in the hope of tempting in some local wildlife when they sniffed the nutty aroma of the breakfast spread peanut butter. She left one trap right next to the path and one in a more hidden location.

Hedgehog tracker

Hedgehog tracker

Earlier on this morning Gill checked her traps and found the footprints pictured below. Can you tell what animal made them?

Hedgehog footprints

If you said Hedgehog you were absolutely right, exactly what Gill and the rest of the Bioblitz team were hoping for. With the evidence of these identifiable black sticky prints we can now add Hedgehogs to our species count.

If you want to know how to make your own tracking trap be sure to look at our previous videos with Gill’s explanation.

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Here Ed Drewitt takes us through some of the stages of Bird ringing which enables us to record and study the growth and numbers of our British birdlife.

 

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If you were enthralled with George’s post below showing some great images of our bat hunt last night with the Avon Bat Group (and some lovely close-ups of its stars), then take a look at the motion picture edition!

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5am on a Saturday and the promise of a fantastic dawn chorus walk, led by budding ornithologist Alex Rhodes, saw me dragging myself out from under the duvet covers and down to Arnos Vale Cemetery almost before the birds had even started singing.

Early morning stroll around Arnos Vale for the dawn chorus

Early morning stroll around Arnos Vale for the dawn chorus

The huge variety of habitats at Arnos Vale meant that we were privileged enough to witness the spectacle of the dawn chorus in all its glory, and we were treated to a tally of species which included wrens, robins, blue tits, great tits, long-tailed tits, bullfinches, goldcrests, blackbirds, woodpeckers and even a cuckoo. Truly impressive!

Birdwatching on the dawn chorus walk

Birdwatching on the dawn chorus walk

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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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We’re going on a bug hunt, we’re going to find some bugs…

Earlier today Pete Dawson, our resident ‘Bug Man’, led a group of home-schooled students from the local area on an exciting trip through the grasslands of Arnos Vale in search of insects, spiders and all sorts of other creepy-crawlies.

We found plenty of intriguing critters to keep us interested, from wasps and spiders to cardinal beetles and butterflies. We even came across a whole host of harlequin ladybirds mating, and Pete explained to the group about the negative impact these seemingly harmless creatures are having on our own native ladybird population.

Always keen to get people engaged, Pete demonstrated how to use sweep nets, pooters and collection pots, before letting the enthusiastic kids loose in search of their own specimens for him to identify.

“It was very fun, very exhausting and very hot”, said Pete. “But its all about finding things, getting people to understand that the world is just full of weird things!”

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You may have read the blog post earlier about the fungi walk. We have now finished editing a short video taken during it – enjoy!

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