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Out now: Spring Issue of the BMERC Newsletter

The Spring Issue of our newsletter is out now, with updates from the BMERC team, what to look for in spring, and ways to get involved with conservation and biological recording.

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 past issues are available to download as a pdf:

Issue 9 - Spring 2022

Issue 8 - Autumn 2021

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

 

Some ideas for things to do at home now

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:

  • PondNet Spawn Survey 2022. From January to May, PondNet are running a survey to collect important data on the location of breeding frogs and toads across the country. If you have a local park or garden pond with evidence of breeding frogs and toads, or you spot some spawn while out on a walk, submit your findings and contribute to the spawn survey! freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/projects/pondnet/pondnet-spawn-survey-2022/
  • Hedgehog Street is a vibrant and enthusiastic community of Hedgehog Champions, linking garden habitat for hedgehogs across England. Create hedgehog highways by making holes in your fence and connecting your garden to your neighbours, and add your sightings to their Big Hedgehog Mapwww.hedgehogstreet.org
  • Tracking the Impact. Learn new skills, benefit from a wide range of free online and in-person training, and improve your knowledge of local wildlife, before taking on your own 1km square to monitor and record. Now entering its third year, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with this exciting project. Register your interest to take part in the 2022 survey on the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs website: www.chilternsaonb.org/tracking-the-impact.html

  • 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/ 

  • 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

 

 

 

Image: Ⓒ Julia Carey.