Friday, 17 May 2013

Aylestone Meadows Bioblitz: update.  

Uta showing AMAS members some plants.
Aylestone Meadows, June 2012
Photo: R. Parry
Latest news and gossip: I hear that Uta (right) is planning to lead a Bryophyte Walk at the Bioblitz on Friday evening. Also that Nathalie is co-ordinating the Wildlife Trust's stand, which Geoffrey will be helping on throughout Saturday. So there should be some familiar faces at this Bioblitz, whenever you arrive. Nathalie did a great job organising the VC55 Recorders' Conference in February, so if anybody arrives at the Meadows and can't see the rest of the BSBI group, please head for the Wildlife Trust stand. Nathalie will know what is happening - she always does! 

And of course there will be an AMAS stand - I hear that Jack Riggall and his team have put some excellent display boards together. Jack is also a student on the Botany for Beginners course, so he can give you an honest account of how it's all going. And I hope to see Anne Hayto of AMAS on Saturday - the woman who led the struggle against the football development two years ago - more about all this on the AMAS display - it makes fascinating reading.

BSBI55 at Aylestone Meadows, 2008.
Photo: G. Hall
The LRWT stand will have copies of the new Recorder journal for sale: essential reading for any naturalist in VC55 and a snip at £3. I should declare an interest here - I am lucky enough to sit on the Editorial Board - but I honestly think that Editor Steve Woodward has done a fabulous job with reinvigorating the journal. You can judge for yourselves at the Bioblitz, or click here for more info and to download a free pdf sampler of this issue of Recorder, the first with Steve at the helm. 

The photo (above) shows some founder members of the BSBI VC55 group surveying at Aylestone Meadows in the summer of 2008. It will be interesting to compare the list we made then with what we record this weekend during the Bioblitz!


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