The second year of the Blackdown Hills Natural Futures six month ecology training programme is drawing to a close. Max, Fiona and Tamsin have been helping the BHNF survey over 40 sites this summer. As well as undertaking detailed botanical surveys the trainees have been busy surveying for species including newts, bats, dormice, badgers, white clawed crayfish, water vole and freshwater invertebrates to name a few.
Through the surveys rarities were found at new sites including the raft spider Dolomedes fimbriatus, White beak-sedge (Rhynchospora alba), Marsh St. John’s-wort (Hypericum elodes), Fen bedstraw (Galium uliginosum), Ladies-mantle (Alchemilla filicaulis subsp. Vestita), and the first record for the whole county of Somerset for Boenninghausen’s sedge (Carex x boenninghausiana).
The trainees have been writing a blog about their experience over the summer: http://www.blackdownhillsnaturalfutures.org/news