Recorder Field Days - 2019 Highlights

This year we hosted four field days in Oxfordshire and Berkshire taking place between May and September. These were held at Braziers Park, Dinton Pastures and two at Waltham Place.

The field days are a chance for local naturalists and volunteers to come together for a day of informal, peer to peer learning. This is one of the most valuable parts of the field day as everybody who attends has the opportunity to teach as well as learn. We bring a selection of nets, pots and identification books and see what people find!

Braziers Park near Wallingford, was the first field day to take place this year, we had several volunteers and staff members from the grounds joining us. We surveyed parts of their grass fields, woodland areas and a vegetable patch where we found a mint moth (Pyrausta aurata) to much of everyone’s delight!

TVERC held a joint field day with the FSC BioLinks project at Dinton Pastures Country Park near Wokingham.  Eight people attended with a mixture of skills and experience in invertebrate sampling and identification, on a hot day in July.  Our focus for much of the day was the former golf course.  Dinton Pastures is a well surveyed site and many species have been recorded there.  Highlights of the day were a Heather ladybird (Chilocorus bipustulatus) swept from scrub and an Alder Signal moth (Strathmopoda pedella).

The first field day at Waltham Place had a grasslands theme. We were given access to one of the grassland fields where we surveyed for invertebrates and their associated flora. The second field day we recorded flora and fauna in the new pond. We hope to revisit this site over the next few years to monitor it as the pond becomes established so we can see how the species diversity changes over time. We would also like to thank the staff at Waltham Place for providing us a delicious lunch on the days we visited them.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on our field days this year, and thanks to Braziers Park, Dinton Pastures and Waltham Place for agreeing to host the days. If you would like to join us on our field days next year, please see our recorder field days for more information.

Posted: November 18, 2019