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Plants for Bugs

RHS research project monitoring insects in native and non-native garden border plants.

RHS Science Committee feedback sought

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 29 Nov 2012 at 12:44 PM

Last week Andy our entomologist was invited to present the latest analysis from Plants for Bugs to the RHS Science Committee. This took place in the wonderful wood-panelled Council Chamber in our London offices at Vincent Square.  Andy has just begun some preliminary analysis of the data from years 1 and 2.

Feedback was sought from the committee on what questions should be asked when looking at the data. With many thousands of invertebrate records, together with a host of covariate data, this is something of a daunting operation. Still, we are approaching the end of the third sampling year and will be continuing sampling to the end of 2013 before needing to get fully to grips with the results.

It's been a busy old couple of weeks for those of us trying to keep abreast of developments in the wider biodiversity community. Last Friday the Royal Society in London hosted the National Biodiversity Network annual conference. Themed on citizen science this was a great insight into the power of using many helpers to shed light on unanswered science questions. Any group of researchers or keen individuals can now learn how to approach new projects with this excellent new guide launched at the conference; Guide to Citizen Science.

And at yesterday's Wildlife Gardening Forum's conference in Islington, I gave a short interview (pre-recorded) for BBC Radio 4's Saving Species programme about progress with Plants for Bugs. I've yet to discover when it will be broadcast but will keep everyone posted.

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