Sifting the Unseen

Last Saturday I joined a group of students from uni aboard the Free Spirit to carry out a series of surveys in the Fal Estuary, sifting through the water column to assess the level of microplastics polluting this rich ecosystem. Rugged up in innumerable thermal layers and equipped with sampling pots, two cone-shaped plankton nets and ample [...]

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Blackcaps with backpacks

Over last couple of months I have been helping out with the beginnings of an exciting new study into Britain's overwintering population of Blackcaps with fellow undergraduate Robbie Phillips. This three-year project is being run by Benjamin Van Doren from Oxford University and Greg Conway from the BTO, in conjunction with research and academic staff here [...]