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Invertebrate identification at Moseley Bog & Wyre Forest

Posted: Friday 26th July 2013 by Selina.H

Tom with a Silver-washed FritillaryTom with a Silver-washed Fritillary

I gained the ability to identity a variety of invertebrates and a new appreciation for just how calming nature can be for one’s piece of mind.

Between 17th and 18th July, I completed two courses (as a volunteer) for The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country which gave me the ability to identity a variety of invertebrates and a new appreciation for the calming effects that trees can have on human well-being.

After a bit of training from Mike Bloxham (who is an authority in this area), working in pairs, myself and around nine other volunteers headed into Moseley Bog with our nets and pooters to see what we could catch and identify in the high grassland.

Due to the gloriously warm weather, there was an abundance of invertebrates for the picking. I managed to catch a selection of butterflies, wasps, flies, ladybirds and spiders in my net! Not one for trying to suck invertebrate up a tube and into a plastic cylinder, I let my partner, Tom Hartland Smith, do the pootering. He did exceptionally well, and managed to get around 25 invertebrates into the pooter, helping us to win a competition set by Mike to catch and identify the highest number of invertebrates. Some of the species we caught included the Soldier Beetle, Grass Bug and Hoverfly Larvae, which we then released back into their natural habitat.

Our training in the Wyre Forest on 18th July was dedicated to identifying butterflies. Led by Mike Williams, the area champion for the Butterfly Conservation’s Branch in the Wyre Forest, I and ten other volunteers were guided through the forest with nets and butterfly guides to see what we could find.

Another gloriously sunny day during this summer’s heat wave, we were able catch and identify an abundance of butterflies. The Meadow Brown and Ringlet were by far the largest in number and easiest to catch, but the Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Green-Veined White, Speckled Wood and Comma butterfly were also spotted and identified during the day. 

Unfortunately, this time, me and Tom didn’t win the butterfly catching competition, however, I found the Wyre Forest peaceful and tranquil. Being a city girl, I don’t get much exposure to overly leafy places, but being in the Wyre Forest has given me a new appreciation for just how calming nature can be for one’s piece of mind: something I plan to capitalise on going forward.
 

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    Thanks Selina - that's a lovely blog. Spending time outside in nature always helps my peace of mind, that's for sure! - Adam

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Thanks Selina - that's a lovely blog. Spending time outside in nature always helps my peace of mind, that's for sure! - Adam

Friday 16th August 2013
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