Dr Phil Smith: Wildlife Notes May 2015

Northern Marsh Orchid (Dr Phil Smith)

Persistent cold winds from the west and northwest were an unwelcome feature of May this year. Although these reduced the variety of migrant birds and slowed the appearance of wild flowers and insects, our coastline still produced plenty of interest. Fortunately, occasional rain meant that what little surface water remained from the April drought was kept topped up. Therefore Natterjack tadpoles on Birkdale Green Beach survived throughout the month, though their growth rate was slower than normal.

Dr Phil Smith: Wildlife Notes April 2015

Dune Pansy (Phil Smith)

An almost constant refrain in my April notes since 2007 has been drought conditions in the dunes. Persistent high pressure meant no measureable rain fell between 4th and 25th April. This pattern is now well established, analysis of spring rainfall data from the Ainsdale National Nature Reserve weather station revealing a statistically significant decline since 2000. 

NBN integration with local services; Making use of the NBN Gateway

Records generation

Merseyside BioBank is the Local Environmental Records Centre for North Merseyside. Opened in 2007 the initial project focused heavily on establishing community and education outreach. Designing a building and resources that could be used by schools and new recorders through to experienced naturalists. The legacy of this work still exists today through our local network of naturalist groups, expert recorders and material resources.

Dr Phil Smith: Wildlife Notes March 2015

Common Frog at Freshfield Dune Heath (Phil Smith)

A pattern of dry spring months has been evident for over a decade, March having only 65% of normal rainfall in England and Wales. An unexpected deluge came on 12th-13th but a small recovery in the height of the dune water-table in mid-month was subsequently lost. The ponds at Freshfield Dune Heath Nature Reserve remained extremely low but still attracted lots of Common Frogs.

MBB is evolving..

Welcome to the new development website for Merseyside BioBank LRC. This site is not yet live so please don't be surprised when things break!

This development is meant to ensure that MBB has a continued web presence and that our presence is manageable within the resources available to the LRC staff. We also want it to better fit the needs of our North Merseyside naturalists, volunteers and recorders as well as to the staff and organisations that work with and support us.

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