Monday, 6 June 2011

Meet the naturalist!

Paul Stapleton will be helping us out this year with flower identification. He is a keen all round naturalist.

What do you record?
Vascular Plants (ie all flowering and some non-flowering plants, such as ferns), butterflies and moths.

What do you think of Bioblitz?
It is a good opportunity to make the public aware of the importance of Natural History Recording and to encourage them to take part.

Do you have a fascinating New Forest wildlife fact?
Not ALL the Forest is acid heathland/woodland - in the southern half of the Forest are alkaline deposits that support a number of plants normally found on Chalk.

How did you become interested in wildlife?
My interest partly results from being brought up in a large, somewhat unkempt Hampshire garden which had LOTS of wildlife and partly from the encouragement of I-SPY and OBSERVER books to try and find out what everything was. Also being given my first microscope which rendered pond life absolutely fascinating!

Photo credit: John Pitts

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