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Some ideas for things to do at home in Autumn

You can always submit your records of flora and fauna seen around Buckinghamshire to BMERC directly or through iRecord (either the website or download the app), but if you're looking for other ways to get involved from home, here are some suggestions:

  • Are Britain's wild animals eating plastics? The Mammal Society have launched a new project to investigate the impact of plastic pollution on Britain's small mammals. Very little is known about the impact of plastics on land mammals and you can help! There are many ways to get involved, from donating towards equipment costs to collecting small animal droppings. Learn more about the project on the Mammal Society website: www.mammal.org.uk/science-research/are-britains-wild-animals-eating-plastics/

  • The Mammal Society also has a new app for surveying the UK's mammal populations. Visit the website to learn more about Mammal Mapper: www.mammal.org.uk/volunteering/mammal-mapper
  • Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society: Colletes hederae (Ivy bee) mapping project. Since its first appearance in Britain in 2001, the Ivy bee has spread across much of southern England. The species is on the wing from early September until early November and frequently found on its key pollen forage plant, Ivy. Help BWARS map its spread by submitting your records. For more information about the Ivy bee and its identification, visit: www.bwars.com/content/colletes-hederae-mapping-project
  • UK Fungus Day - 2 October 2021. Put the "fun" in fungi and explore the fungal kingdom on the UK Fungus Day website. There is a 2021 programme of talks and events, a fungi photo competition, expert tips from mycologists and resources for schools, families and anyone interested in fungi! www.ukfungusday.co.uk/
  • Plantlife: Waxcap Watch. Do you like being outside and could you spare an hour or two? From late summer and before the first winter frosts, Plantlife is asking you to look out for colourful waxcaps and simply record the colours of the waxcaps you see. They can be found in gardens and grassy spaces in towns and cities, as well as out in the countryside. Learn more on the Plantlife website: www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/habitats/grassland/waxcaps-fungi/waxcapp-survey
  • Plantlife: Fall into Nature. This Autumn series of online webinars shows how plant conservation meets the climate and ecological crises, whilst at the same time providing an opportunity to tackle some of the crises faced in wider society. The series includes discussion, plant identification and other training opportunities and a chance to connect with nature and explore conservation through artwww.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/fall-back-into-nature-with-plantlife

  • Natural History Live. Increase your knowledge of the natural world from home with these short natural history webinars offered by FSC Biolinks. https://www.field-studies-council.org/biolinks-courses/ 

  • Caring for God's Acre is also running a series of webinars this autumn, with topics including Caring for Fungi, How to find Reptiles & Amphibians, Introduction to recording trees for the Ancient Tree Inventory, How to organise and run guided walks, and more! The webinars are free but donations are gratefully received. Visit their website for details on the webinars and how to register: www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/get-involved/attend-a-session/webinars
  • RHS Cellar Slug Hunt. The RHS are keen to understand more about common garden visitors - slugs! Report your sightings of two common cellar slugs, which might be anywhere in Bucks and Milton Keynes. https://www.rhs.org.uk/slugssurvey

 

Summer Newsletter out now

The Summer Issue of our newsletter is out now, with updates on projects across our patch, as well as what the BMERC team has been getting up to in the sunny weather. 

Thank you to all of our guest authors in this issue. If you are involved with a local recording or natural history group and would like to submit an article, we would love to feature you; please contact us for details.

This edition and all of our past issues are available to download as a pdf:

Issue 7 - Summer 2021

Issue 6 - Spring 2021

Issue 5 - Winter 2021

Issue 4 - Autumn 2020

Issue 3 - August 2020

Issue 2 - June 2020

Issue 1 - May 2020

 

Volunteers needed!

Nonagenarian dormouse researcher John Prince is back in the woods and looking for your help.

He’s using two methods to establish the presence of dormice high in the canopy of Little Linford Wood near Milton Keynes. Firstly, a baited camera trap, specially designed to focus on dormice that have found their way into his uniquely designed box. In addition, he will be using multiple treetop feeding stations combined with footprint tunnels. John hopes to have enough support to place at least five throughout the wood. 

The first date for putting his monitoring equipment into place is Sunday, 25th July, meeting in the Little Linford Wood car park at 10am. Both methods will need regular checking once they are in place, so John would love to see anyone who can help either with setting up or subsequent monitoring. No experience required and you won’t need a dormouse licence. John is happy to chat to anyone on the phone about his project and will be delighted if you can help him out. To be put in touch please email: joycetm@uwclub.net

 

COVID-19: BMERC is working

All the BMERC staff are now working from home.  As far as we are able, we will continue to operate as normal.

Our Data Searches service is operational, but it may take a little longer than usual to respond.

If you need to Contact us, we are available via the usual email and phone (01296 382431).  

If you are spending a lot more time at home, why not take the opportunity to do some recording, but don't forget to send us your records!

Above all, please stay safe.

 

 

 

Image: Ⓒ Julia Carey.