Monday, 15 April 2013

Fundamentals of Ecology Day 1

Half of the group went down to Prawle point in south Devon early this morning to look at the habitat and try and see why it is particularly good for Cirl Buntings.

Cirl Bunting
Not the worst place in the world for fieldwork!

Part of what we wanted to do was to look at invertebrates and their abundance in the areas good for the Buntings. That required some invertebrate surveying techniques like sitting in Gorse bushes!

One of the more impressive things we found was the Oil Beetle Meloe proscarabeus, quite common on the south Devon coast.

Meloe proscarabeus
Admiring the Oil Beetle

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