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The Big Bug Hunt (for families)

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Become a ‘citizen scientist’ in an afternoon!

Insects make up more than half of all species in the animal kingdom and are essential to human life due to the services they provide, such as undertaking the vast bulk of plant pollination.

Two national surveys exist for assessing how pollinating insects are faring– the Big Butterfly Count and Flower-Insect Timed (FIT) Counts. These are undertaken all across the UK by school groups and members of the public, in any open space from small gardens through to large nature reserves.

In this family-orientated event, we will learn a little more about insect pollinators, some of the more common insect group and species and how to do both surveys.

This fun event will enable you to become a fully-fledged ‘citizen scientist’ and go away and do these surveys at your leisure in your favoured place, thereby helping to contributing to assessing the health of the environment.

Date and Time: 14.00 Sunday 31st July 2022

Location: Meet at the Coach House café

Schedule: Introductions then 5 minute drive up to Coltleigh Farm

Duration: 2 hour

Tickets: £40 per family

Dr Tom Brereton

Tom is a highly experienced ecologist with a lifelong interest in natural history.  He has an MSc in Conservation and a PhD in Butterfly Ecology.  Tom has worked for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust as an RSPB Warden and Reserves Ecologist, as Associate Director of Research at Butterfly Conservation, and more recently as co-founder of Marinelife, monitoring cetaceans and seabirds in Lyme Bay.   Tom is currently a Visiting Researcher at Exeter University, as well as an ecotourism guide, leading bird, butterfly, mammal and botanical tours across the Europe, Asia and North America.  Tom lives locally in Bridport.

Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your Wildlands booking unless the weather forces cancellation. We also cannot guarantee the weather, or that you will see your target species. Nature can unpredictable, despite our best efforts! However there’s always plenty of wildlife to see.

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