➤ [Publication] Likeability of garden birds …

Cox DTC, Gaston KJ (2015) Likeability of garden birds: importance of species knowledge & richness in connecting people to nature. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0141505. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0141505 Abstract Interacting with nature is

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➤ Beauty is a beast

‘Parasite’ is the term used for a creature that lives on or in another ‘host’, but doesn’t actually kill it. A ‘parasitoid’ is something whose presence does kill, or at

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➤ One small millipede for Milton Keynes …

Published on May 3, 2015, in All, News and musings.

You may rarely consider the existence of millipedes, or indeed, be asking, “What IS a millipede?” But some of the smallest creatures found through the F3UES project, can potentially have

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➤ Where do the bugs go in winter?

Published on May 3, 2015, in All, News and musings.

As winter progresses and vegetation in the meadow plots dies back, some people will like the look of them more than others. Similarly, the appeal of the different plots will

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➤ Discovering how to bee a pollinator

Published on May 3, 2015, in All, News and musings.

On Friday 13th March, as part of national science week, an event was held at the University of Sheffield ‘Discovery Night’, called “Precious Pollinators”. It gave us a chance to

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➤ Do you like what insects like?

Over the summer, if you were near the project’s experimental meadow plots in Bedford or Luton, you may have been asked which plots you like best and why. We are

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➤ Is it the BBC? No, it’s the Backpack

Ecologists have many strange and wonderful tools at their disposal; they wield nets, dig holes, probe soils, stare through binoculars and carry all manner of electronic detectors. And they can

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➤ The three Ps: Tillids, Sillids and Sockids

During our evaluation of the invertebrate diversity of the sites in Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes, we have been seeing many of the less well-known insects. Among them are the

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➤ Lasers in the air … and in the garden

In July and September 2012 the NERC airborne research and survey facility (http://arsf.nerc.ac.uk) collected data over the BESS-F3UES sites in Milton-Keynes, Luton and Bedford (see October 2012 news). The airborne

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➤ Aesthetics, biodiversity and clipboards

Increasingly research is demonstrating that proximity to good quality green space can produce significant health and wellbeing benefits to those who live and work in urban areas. One of the

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