On Tuesday the 6th of November, Janice Edwards and Pat O’Brien headed out into the catchment to set up our yearly insect monitoring traps. The group monitors its insect population using a simple but effective protocol. This monitoring programme allows us to measure the impact of the restoration programme on our local insect biodiversity. The traps are left out for a week. The insects collected over this period get trapped into an alcohol jar and are then identified by Janice. She is then able to count the number of taxons present in the jar and compare with last years count. We are aiming for a higher number of taxons (families) which was the case last year.
A big thank you to Janice and Pat for making this important monitoring tool happen on a yearly basis.