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The lucky students from Wheatfield Primary School were taken to some brambles to collect more creepy crawlies by Tony from the Bristol Naturalist Society, a dedicated insect expert. The students were taught about what defines an insect (three body sections and six legs) and were then given pots to collect any specimens.

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Tony then taught the students how to effectively use a bug-catching net (it is a very technical procedure), before giving them the opportunity to catch some themselves.

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The students also caught (slightly less impressively) a dead tree bumblebee. Also added to the species list were a snout moth, an ant and a moss woodlouse.

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Sara, Lucy and Andrew from the Three Brooks Conservation Group took a group of students from the Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School to collect and identify creepy crawlies and many different species were found, including a harvestman, a ground beetle (named Brian) and a centipede.

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Within the survey area, the students noticed that there were wooden boxes positioned high up in one of the trees. The boxes are used by bats for roosting and there are three different bat species found within the nature reserve, which are all legally protected.

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David Brown examining the holly leaf miner

David Brown examining the holly leaf miner

Finding the species is just the first hurdle. Identifying the species can prove more difficult! We joined David Brown in the struggle to ID a holly leaf miner. There was confusion as to whether subspecies are recognised in the UK.

After much research and head scratching, the answer was given by the Natural History Museum which led to our miner being identified simply as Phytomyza ilicis as no subspecies are found in the UK. Unfortunately this only adds one to our total tally!

Holly leaf with miner

Holly leaf with miner

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This video shows some of the smaller species found throughout the BioBlitz in a big way!

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