OPAL Community Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York
Oh my goodness, it's been months since my last post! Apologies. My excuse is that I've been tweeting instead....if you're into twitter, we tweet via @OPALnature.
We are working hard, honest! We're looking forward to the summer and planning lots of fun activities. Probably the biggest event we're organising is the York BioBlitz in Museum Gardens on the 15th and 16th June.
Now, if you've not come across a BioBlitz before, it's where naturalists, scientists, schools and members of the public come together to try and identify as many things as possible in a fixed period of time (usually 24 hours) in a defined space.
Museum Gardens is a great location for this as it's publically accessible, gets lots of foot-fall, has a range of habitats (admittedly, quite a lot of that habitat is "picnic lawn"!), and is run by the fabulous York Museums Trust who will be hosting the event and bringing out some of their collections. We'll be moth trapping, bird ringing, bat watching, pitfall trapping invertebrates, bug-hunting, running fern walks, and much more.
If you'd like to get involved with the event, by helping identify things, or show people around the gardens, or run bug hunts with kids, or input records of things we've found into the database, or even just make cups of tea, we'd love to have you there!