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Bug Count Survey
May 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Join us to discover more about the incredible variety of invertebrates in the built environment. All ages welcome but children should be accompanied by an adult. The survey consists of three 15 minute challenges:
Challenge 1 Hunt for ground living invertebrates on soft ground surfaces
Challenge 2 Search for invertebrates on human made surfaces
Challenge 3 Looking for invertebrates on plants, shrubs and trees
During the challenges we will be looking for 6 special bugs – 2spot ladybird, Devil’s coach horse, small Tortoiseshell, Tree Bumblebee, Leopard Slug and Green Shieldbug. We have photographs to aid your detection. Survey sheets will be provided for each family group along with squash, for the thirsty and cobweb cakes for the hungry – bug hunting requires energy!!! You may wish to bring a mobile phone or camera to take snaps of interesting bugs: a magnifying glass to see the bugs up close; and a container to put the bugs in while you are looking at them.
The results of the survey will be submitted to Open Air Laboratories (OPAL). OPAL works with leading universities, museums and wildlife organisations and will publish the results. Anyone wishing to find out more can visit their website www.opalexplorenature.org
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your intention of joining us so we have enough materials and refreshments.