January 2018

Dr Phil Smith: Wildlife Notes December 2017

Amoecius brevis (Dr Phil Smith)

An unremarkable month for weather, December 2017 started and ended relatively mild with a cold snap in the middle. Many parts of the country had considerable snow-fall but, as usual, barely a flake was seen here. However, it was a little wetter than average with measureable rain on 20 days, though many of those had little more than a period of drizzle. Happily, the sand-dune water-table continued to rise, Devil’s Hole showing an increase of 15cm (6 inches) during the month, with surface water appearing at last in the deepest sections.

Natural World: Soldierflies

Large and brightly coloured flies make soldierflies an ideal starting point for the study of diptera. With the use of museum specimens you will be able to develop your identification skills with national expert, Martin Harvey. 

The Natural World British Wildlife Identification workshops at World Museum focus on using natural science collections to connect with the environment and promote biological recording.

Attendance is free but booking is essential.


Natural World: Bumblebees

Bumblebees are a familiar sight in our gardens, parks and countryside, the workshop will provide an introduction into their biology and identification. We will be running a practical session in the museum’s wildflower meadow where you can practice your identification skills.