On the 30th of September this year, we will be having a biological recording session to tie in with the EuroBioBlitz 2023.
We’ll be focussing on invertebrates which are under-recorded in our project area, but we’ll also be adding observations of any other species we see. The Longrun Meadow iNaturalist project is currently at 415 Research Grade Species and we are keen to bump it a bit closer to 500.
The event will be divided into two parts:
10am – BUG HUNT
We’ll be using various non-lethal sampling methods to observe as many invertebrate species as possible and record them on iNaturalist. This means we’ll be searching high and low for creepy crawlies and we welcome assistance from fellow creepy crawly hunters of all ages.
11am – Intro to iNat and Social Recording Walk
We’ll start by going over the basics of recording on iNaturalist if there are people just getting started1. Then we’ll go for a little wander and see how many records we can add and what interesting species we can find. All levels of recording experience and local knowledge are welcome. It will be a slow walk lasting about an hour with plenty of chances to compare notes, exchange recording stories and share information.
If you’d like to come and join us for either or both parts, we’ll be meeting at the new bench by the orchard area (///snows.activism.sleepy).
Children are very welcome (they are usually better at spotting interesting things) but they must be accompanied by an adult2.
Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather. If you have them you may want to consider bringing: binoculars, hand lens/magnifying glass, camera, pooter, sweep net, sample pots, identification keys, etc.
If you have any questions, please email Hester: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!
- If you’ve never used iNaturalist before, you may want to read this guide and you may find it useful to have installed the app on your phone and set up an account so that you can record and ask questions as you go. ↩︎
- iNat requires users to be 13 or over, so under 13s wanting to record will need an adult to facilitate that. ↩︎