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As i've mentioned previously my project is focusing on investigating the relationships between invertebrates and different approaches to managing wildlife gardens. I will be specifically focusing on bees, wasps and flies - but using them as a representative of a host of invertebrates.

 

The hypothesis is that the diversity and abundance of bees, wasps and flies would be greater in a garden intensively planted with nectar rich flowers (The Bufferfly Explorers wildlife garden) than in a garden left to colonise naturally with wild flowers (The Natural History Museum wildlife garden).

 

The sucess of my project will be judged on the reliabililty of the data I gather, so during my field work I must make sure that I contol as many variables as possible such as the time of day I collect species, the weather I collect species in, the types of areas that I will sample from in both gardens etc - by doing so, I can increase the chances of gathering reliable data.

 

Today I met with Tate, an interpretation developer at NHM who designed the 'Butterfly Explorer's' wildlife garden and discussed with her how she developed the design of the exhibition, focusing on her ideas when creating the UK wildlife garden. She said that my research may be valuable in informing the design for next year's exhibition, as well as showing the positive impact that the UK wildlife garden is having in increasing biodiversity - which we especially want the public to be aware of, as 2010 has been appointed by the UN as the international year of biodiversity!

 

Find out what's on in the Museum's Wildlife Garden

 

Visit the Butterfly Explorers exhibition

 

Find out more about the International Year of Biodiversity

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Hi all!

Posted by Sriya Aug 11, 2010

My name is Sriya Gokaraju, and I will be working in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity (AMCUKB) for the next month, where I will be looking at the relationships between invertebrates and different approaches to the management of wildlife gardens! I am an A-level student, who was awarded this project through Nuffield Science Bursaries.

 

I will be conducting my research, by surveying the invertebrates in the Natural History Museum's own wildlife garden and comparing it with the new wildlife garden which is part of the 'Butterfly explorers' exhibition (running 8 April - 26 September 2010 - make sure you check it out!) which is located on the Museum's East lawn.

 

I will be busy over the next couple of days, planning out my investigation and will commence my data collection, starting next week (weather permitting!).

 

Please check this space if you want to know my project is going, as I plan to keep a daily blog of all my activities!



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