All in all, 2016 was a great year for me, I had a great time on my traineeship. I learnt a lot of survey skills and learnt a lot about things I never expected to learn about. 2016 was also the year that I fell in love, but I harp on enough about that on Twitter.
2017 is looking like it will bring new opportunities and challenges and I am trying to be positive about what it may bring. The start of a new year also gives me a chance to think of targets for the year ahead. As always I would like to submit more records and record more species this year. More specifically though I would like to try again at bryophytes as they are a lovely group and I have a few shoeboxes full of them that need identification. I also have a backlog of insects to identify so I would love to clear that in 2017. would also like the records I submit to be of higher quality, giving more information about numbers, ecology etc. I would also like to use the iRecord app more as it is great and will help track more specifically where I walk when recording wildlife. I have set myself a target of recording 500 species this year that I have never seen before, I think this will be quite a challenge. The table at the bottom of this blog post shows how many species I have recorded in each taxonomic group and where I would like to try and focus on recording new species in 2017. Trying to record new species is more than just for fun though, it pushes me into new groups and in the end makes me a more rounded naturalist.
My role with Buglife and Natural England has been great, but is sadly coming to an end towards the end of February. This position really increased my self-confidence, so I would like to continue to improve upon this by running more workshops, doing more talks etc and helping more people. I have been lucky enough to be taught by lots of great naturalists, so it will be nice to do more to pass this on while strengthening my own identification and outreach skills. I am now on the look out for new opportunities.
This year I will also continue to help influence recording and conservation with my positions on the BWARS, BSBI and AFON committees, and look forward to the challenges that 2017 will bring.
I would also like to climb more fells this year, I have had the most amazing time when I have been in the Lake District with Sophie, so I hope to conquer more of the Wainwright fells in 2017.
|Total Before 2016||2016 Total||Number of Additions in 2016||2017 Target|
|Remaining Insect Orders||16||17||1||30|