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Colder, wetter weather and BugWise

By: Phoebe Meagher, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 04 Jun 2010

The onset of wetter, colder weather has made for a great opportunity to look at how climate influences our invertebrate biodiversity!

The onset of wetter, colder weather has made for a great opportunity to look at how climate influences our invertebrate biodiversity! Many of you have surveyed the spider biodiversity using Web2spider in the warmer, drier months, so now is the time to start doing some real science. Compare the spider biodiversity (using Web2spider) in your backyard or school playground during summer with the biodiversity in winter after heavy rain, or compare the presence of plants and their pollinators across seasons using Plant2pollinator. This is particularly important as scientists try and unravel how a changing climate might impact on our biodiversity. Report your findings here!


Long term, seasonal studies are perfect for BugWise surveys. Some ideas for units of study include;
• Changing seasons- how does it impact on biodiversity?
• Heavy rainfall - how does it impact on biodiversity?
• Construction in your school – how does it impact on biodiversity?
• Changing vegetation - how does it impact on biodiversity?


Long term studies are much more useful than one off surveys and can contribute to improved management of an area. Let us know if you are participating in a long term study using BugWise for Schools and what you have found. Good Luck!