Something to look out for…

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Over in the VC59 project group (if you’re not a member why not??) National Scheme coordinator Peter Shaw noted that a species widespread in the USA is being found increasingly throughout Europe. This species is Entomobrya unostrigata.  The species is appears to be native to the Mediterranean area including Southern Europe. According to Fauna Europaea it… Continue Reading

Deuterosminthurus pallipes

It’s been a while! Working at a LERC certainly has its benefits. Much of what i do i also enjoy and i am fortunate that i can sometimes justify spending time on projects such as this! unfortunately, sometimes i can’t and that has been the case over the last few months. A summer rush has… Continue Reading

Isotoma riparia?

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First and foremost note the question mark! This post is as much a point of interest as it is a pin to stop me trying to squirm out of a commitment to an identification. Here’s an admission for you. I have trouble with Isotoma and Isotomurus. The difference should be obvious! Alan Cann has shared… Continue Reading

Xenylla humicola

While this project and others like it are clearly working with very little to start with. It is always exciting to have something new come up in the samples! In this case we have the first VC59 specimen backed record of Xenylla humicola! This species is described as being common. However, we aim to work… Continue Reading

Distribution update 26th June 2018

Distribution map June 2018

A few months in and there has been some good progress on the identification of specimens being collected by project volunteers. The latest distribution nearly covers the entire ‘Merseyside BioBank’ area, North Merseyside. In total the project now has specimen backed records for 48 quadrants (5km by 5km squares) and where only really a few… Continue Reading

Back from a brief hiatus!

Life has taken over a little over the past month or so. As a result progress has been a little stunted! That said at last nights Twilight Session (evening open sessions at Merseyside BioBank, un-ashamed self-promotion there). Myself, Steve McWilliam and Susan Marley tackled a series of Collembolids on the big screen. Among the samples… Continue Reading

Collembolan Diversity in Research

Sefton Park, Liverpool

Springtails are of increasing interest to researchers around the world with numerous papers having already been published. It is these studies that will help to direct the project and act as a point of comparison for our findings. By way of an example i have recently come across this work by Milano et al…, Collembolan… Continue Reading

Springtail Photography

By Gilles San Martin from Namur, Belgium [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Springtail’s are fascinating and highly variable group of animals. Many are small and white, living below the surface for most if not their entire life. While others are large enough to see with the un-aided eye, crawling around the surface, many colourful, hairy, scaly, long or round! With improvements in camera technology photography of these… Continue Reading

A lightning start!

While this project has not yet been formally launched a number of keen local naturalists are already beginning to send in samples of springtails collected from leaf-litter around the project area. This image shows the current distribution of all springtail records for the vice-county. Both the national recording scheme and project generated records. As you… Continue Reading

Collembola Recording Scheme Data

Dr Peter Shaw has kindly provided an update of the Collembola Recording Scheme data for displaying on the progression atlas. The Interactive map has now been updated and can be found here: http://www.activenaturalist.org.uk/meso/atlas/ Note the improved coverage for the Sefton Coast in particular! The Willowsia buski record is another particularly interesting species that i hope project recorders… Continue Reading