Join like-minded people with an interest in field recording for a day identifying and surveying invertebrates in an informal environment at Hounslow Heath. Hounslow Heath local nature reserve is one of the few remaining areas (80 hectares) of what was once a vast lowland heath covering much of west London, including what is now “Heath”row. The ancestral soils were created from Taplow Terrace Gravels, laid down as glacial conditions eased over 100,000 years ago. Gravel extraction and subsequent landfill have transformed much of the areas soils, but heathland and acid grassland has re-established since the nature reserve was designated, and large areas of woodland and scrub are present. Some seasonal grazing is carried out in neutral meadows and acid grassland areas.
Naturalists of all levels (from beginner to expert) will be able to share their experiences with peers and help one another improve knowledge and build confidence in biological recording. This event is aimed at adults only. It’s free to attend and invertebrate recorders of all abilities are welcome, but booking is essential.
Please note that this event will involve individuals collecting, preserving and killing invertebrate specimens for identification purposes.