Bioblitz at Bishop's Wood Local Nature Reserve
Ben Rowson reports on a recent Bioblitz day:
On 22 May, "Bioblitz" species recording events were taking place nationwide. I led a snail and slug search as part of Swansea City Council’s Bioblitz at Bishop’s Wood Local Nature Reserve (Caswell Bay, Gower). We found several species, a few of which I’m now checking the identity of at the Museum, although there must be many others present in this old woodland. I suspect the dry weather is to blame for the slim pickings, showing the importance of timing and return visits. Always nice to see the "land winkle" Pomatias elegans though, and several people were surprised to discover just how tiny the adult "dwarf snail" Punctum pygmaeum is. At 1.5 millimetres, more than 10,000 would fit in a matchbox!