Monday, 21 March 2016

Newcastle University Student Placement

You may have read on Facebook we've had two undergrad students doing a placement last week. Here's what they did during the week and how it links in with other research we are doing.

During our week at Lindisfarne (14/3-18/3) we carried out two important litter collections and surveys on the North shore and at Goswick. Not only were we picking up litter, but we were recording the different types of plastics found, in order to help in a further research project that is being carried out. It just showed how much litter gets washed up on beaches and how much is plastics! We also took part in a bird survey at Budle Bay, where we quickly learnt how to ID the different bird species found on the nature reserve. There were still lots of geese about!

Litter picking on the North Shore - getting rid of rubbish and collecting information to feed into microplastics postgrad.
 To complete a report on benthic fauna sampling, we surveyed Fenham Fats for lugworms and shrimp, allowing us to compare data collected from past years.

Benthic fauna sampling for the placement report building on a longer term data set from previous students.

Our week was most enjoyable and we can’t wait to help out Natural England in the future!

Issy and Ellie
If you have any questions about how you can help the Reserve like Ellie and Issy then we have plenty of volunteering opportunities - please get in touch.

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