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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Podcasting from the meadows

Published on July 11, 2014, in All, News and musings.

On Monday 30th June Jim Harris from Cranfield University and Helen Hoyle from the University of Sheffield, recorded a podcast from the Luton Bramingham Road experimental meadow site. This is

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Signs of biodiversity

Published on July 11, 2014, in All, News and musings.

  F3UES experimental meadow plots in Bedford and Luton are now proudly bearing new interpretive signage, which explains the purpose of the meadow trials, and gives the names of many

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Birds up close

Published on May 29, 2014, in All, News and musings.

One of the core aims of the Urban BESS project is to understand the relationships between human well-being, biodiversity and the urban form. A key part of this relationship is

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