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Activities In National Insect Weeks

July 2, 2013

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Our volunteers monitor biodiversity – how many different species live in an ecosystem. They make butterfly counts and record moths, lady birds, shieldbugs, dragonflies, bees and spiders, beetles and other insects on an ongoing basis. But in national insect week we share our findings with our supporters. Photographs shown here are by volunteers and supporters. Below: spider by our supporter Christina Cudworth Franson.

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Monitoring takes place across our whole area of benefit.

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Our records have been submitted to Nottinghamshire Geological and Biological Records Office for many years. Our in house, specially designed volunteer species monitoring form has been in use on specified sites since the 1970’s and provide a valuable data set. Our volunteers are interested in linking in with East Midlands iSpot based at Nottingham University. Monitoring biodiversity has many benefits. Monitoring population sizes of protected species in conservation areas gives outlines the success of
conservation practice. Monitoring invasive species and infectious organisms, such as Varroa mite, can trigger corrective action. This is vital as biodiversity is being lost at national and international level. A number of species have become extinct in the UK in recent years.
The two photographs below are by our volunteer and supporter Gaina Cee:

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Warren Priest is looking for help in identifying 400 species of beautiful moths. Warren photographed the moths in Sikkim Province India. A link to Warren’s photographs can be found in our links section. If you can help, please contact us in the first instance.

Making dead-wood piles for insect habitats, is always a popular activity with our volunteers.

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Our volunteers made daily photographic records of this tree bumblebee colony in the run-up to National Insect week 2013, posting it on twitter at the start of the week. It was a great way to engage interest.

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We planted native pollen & nectar plants. The nations starving bees can not fend of virus attack and are weak in the face of agri-chemical poisoning. Our publicity campaigns during National Insect Week ask supporters to plant for bees & butterflies and be organic gardeners.

Remember to plant for night pollinators. Whilst plants such as annual poached egg plant, Limnanthes douglasii (which can grow in poorly drained clay soils) is great by day, Matthiola longipetala, known as night-scented stock or evening stock, is a species of ornamental plant that is brilliant and attractive in the evening.

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