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Citizen Science

By Helen Dickinson, Surveys & GIS Officer

There has been a 'buzz' around the words citizen science for quite some time and the involvement of members of the public in scientific monitoring and research is increasingly relevant in a world with increasing demands for data around the continued loss of biodiversity. Citizen science is an incredibly important way individuals can contribute to conservation in the UK and across the globe. The large quantity of data required to get a good understanding of what’s happening to our habitats and species is something that we need as many people as possible out recording.

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Bees Down Under!

By Darryl Cox, Science & Policy Officer

I recently went on a trip of a life-time to Australia to visit my family for Christmas and take in the sights. While I was there I was delighted to be able to meet up with Aussie bee researcher, Dr Toby Smith of Queensland University. Toby and I met up on an uncharacteristically overcast day in Brisbane and explored a few different city farms. The aim was to find some of Australia’s native buzz-pollinating bee species.

Blue-banded bee (Amegilla cingulata) - Photo credit: Chiswick Chap (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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