Bring your kids to work day

We held the Biology Department’s second “Bring your kids to work day” this week. Thursday 4th May was an inset day so local schoolchildren had the day off school. Prof. Will Cresswell provided a fantastic schedule for the sixteen kids, who took part in a miniature Bioblitz. Based in the Bell-Pettigrew museum, they went on a hunt to document the species inhabiting the Bute gardens. They set a mist net for passing birds, catching a goldfinch and a blue tit, which they watched getting ringed for re-identification. They set pitfall traps for invertebrates – and found woodlice, ants, caterpillars and flies. Field guides were consulted and overall they recorded 46 species. They also took the chance to investigate their specimens more closely under microscopes, discovering hidden details such as the mite on a dead bumblebee! And to top it all off they put together a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the ‘best bits’ to show their parents in one of the Bute lecture theatres. A lovely way for our kids to have a day at the Department!