Sunday was Valentine’s Day, and this year I managed to visit home to spend some time with my boyfriend, Andrew. We had an earthworm hunt! and then the more classic takeaway and movie.Andrew digging the hole for earthworms Earthworms under an old bag of compost = lazy earthworm hunting! Happy Valentine’s Day!
I also enjoyed some of the entomological Valentine posts on Twitter, which I gathered into a Storify:[View the story “Spineless Valentines” on Storify]
Check out the hashtag #academicvalentines too for pithy academic humour.
A day late for #wormwednesday this post looks back on the earthworms I identifying during my volunteer work on the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group BESS Earthworm Project.
This week’s #throwbackthursday chronicles the final part of field work on the NERC BESS earthworm project in 2013 – hard to believe two years have past since we finished!
Two years ago I was volunteering on yet another week of earthworm sampling on the NERC BESS project, this time in Leicestershire and Dorset. This week features farty mustard solution and an exciting day in an active quarry!
Another county, another field… Last Monday and Tuesday I was again away with the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group, this time heading up to Leicestershire, for more earthworm sampling. Not as scenic as Somerset, we were sampling in a research farm near Loddington, in addition to myself, Sholto was again volunteering, I also met for the first time Salma and we were joined by Irfaan on Tuesday.
I started species identification of earthworms after attending a course in 2013 which proved very useful when I went on to sample earthworms and other soil animals during my MSc project.
Over one year into my PhD now, and I had been hoping to blog a little reflection on this but things have been rather hectic! Instead here is a look back to some more earthworm fieldwork I volunteered on in November 2013, digging holes in Somerset and Berkshire.
For eight days in November I returned for more earthworm survey work with the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group, this time in Somerset and Berkshire. A small team of volunteers this time, just myself and long-time SBG volunteer Irfaan, travelled first to the Somerset site to continue work started the previous week.