Adopt a Square (or a Plot or a Pool)

By John Partridge

Regular readers will know that we are continually urging you to send in records, but we still do not receive many. If it were not for the few regular contributors, who can be counted on the fingers of one hand, there would be almost nothing.

There are many areas of the county for which records of anything are scarce. We point out one near you, and give you a print-out of what has been recorded there, and when, so that you would know what was ‘new’.

Alternatively, would you like to look at a piece of ‘waste’ ground near you? The trend in Reserve Acquisition is to bigger areas, but we still know little of the value of those bits of waste ground, particularly for invertebrates. If you can identify a ladybird, a beetle, butterflies, snails, or a spider, or some of the less common plants, or anything then why not give it a try? All you need to do is to be sure that whatever you identify is correctly done. Many common things that are easy to recognise are not recorded, and, who knows, they may be rare in the future. Great interest can come from studying a particular patch, and the records would be useful to us all.

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