June 2018

Twilight Sessions

Hawthorn Shieldbug (Ben Deed)

So far the sessions have looked at everything from Carrion Beetles to Bryophytes! (not to mention the awesome wonder that are the Springtails) with even a few outdoor intros to eDNA (Amanda) and vacuum sampling (Steve). It is this type of mentoring that the group was really founded to try and encourage. You are the enthusiasts and by sharing your knowledge with and supporting each other we can create a strong network of naturalists that can last well beyond the lifetime of any one project or even organisation.

Species Action: Agapanthia villosoviridescens

Agapanthia villosoviridescens

Only recorded a handful of times in St Helens in 2013 and 2014 this beetle is very much to the North of it's range. It may well be moving Northwards in response to climate pressures but also requires sensitive management of grasslands. In particular Hogweeds and Cow Parsely. This is certainly one to look out for with it's flight period given as May to June (though possibly, year round).

LBS: Eastham fungus foray

Members are advised to contact leaders or Wendy Atkinson for further information, and the possibility of car sharing. Please wear suitable footwear, waterproof clothing and bring a packed lunch.

Leader - Steve Cross

Meet at Eastham Country Park Visitor Centre

Autumn Fungus Foray.

Dr Phil Smith: Wildlife Notes May 2018

Large Red Damselflies (Dr Phil Smith)

The Met. Office reckoned it was the warmest and sunniest May on record; it was also dry with measurable rainfall on only eight days. Forecasts of torrential thunder-storms came day after day during the last week but all we got were a couple of brief showers on 30th and 31st. The duneland water-table therefore fell rapidly, the Newest Green Beach at Ainsdale with 1000+ small Natterjack tadpoles on 2nd having completely dried up by 13th. Fortunately, tadpoles at several other sites, including the Devil’s Hole, survived until at least the end of the month.

Natural World: Ferns

Familiarise yourself with ferns. Learn how to recognise some common species, using fresh material and museum specimens. With fern specialist Alison Evans and World Museum’s botany curator Wendy Atkinson in association with the British Pteridological Society.

For further information and booking please see our website http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/events/natural-world-listings.aspx

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