Porcupine field meetings – why would I want to go on one?
One of the characteristics of Porcupine is that many of its members are experienced field ecologists – typically marine biologists with ID expertise in one or more taxonomic groups who also have a large store of tips on methods and field lore. Thus, they can show you useful bits of equipment, often adapted to do the job better, where to look for interesting species, techniques for getting good photos, protocols for improving consistency of recording, how to collect and preserve specimens of particular types, the pros and cons of particular identification guides, etc.
Porcupine field meetings are an opportunity to join these ecologists as they do what they do best, and our aim is to structure the meetings to make them a learning experience for everyone. Known experts are encouraged to offer their skills and carry out informal master classes. Everyone is encouraged to show and discuss tips that they have picked up.
A list of people attending, including a summary of their expertise and their ambitions for the day, will be prepared and disseminated a few days in advance. The meeting will start at an agreed time and location, approx. 2 hours before low tide, where introductions will be made, a brief summary of the area will be explained and a rough plan of who is going where will be described. Depending on the weather, people tend to drift away from the shore after 2 to 3 hours and make their way to the arranged field lab, where the meeting will continue and more master-classes and tips will be exchanged. A compilation of species recorded from the site will be coordinated and a write-up of the meeting will be prepared for the Bulletin. The species list will go to Julia Nunn (Porcupine’s Records Convenor) for entry into Marine Recorder and export to the NBN Atlas.
Field Trip Meetings 2020:
PMNHS Field Trip to Clachan Sound
The next PMNHS field trip will take place on Friday 13th March 2020 (LW, 13.40 (0.5) Seil Sound) at Clachan Sound, which is 13 miles drive south from Oban (~30 minutes), so a car, or car-share, will be needed to attend.
Attendees should meet at the Tigh an Truish hotel/pub at 12 pm. This is on the west side overlooking the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’. The pub car park is right at the bridge, so you can’t miss it. NM 784197 would get you there. The site(s) there would be under the bridge; plus either south or north of the bridge.
Participants are responsible for organising their own travel to and from the field site. If you wish to join the fieldwork, please indicate on the Eventbrite system and provide a phone number for contact.
Julia Nunn (Porcupine Recorder) is also planning to undertake fieldwork on Wednesday 11th (LW 13.10, 0.4m, Oban) & Thursday 12th March 2020 (LW 13.50, 0.5m, Oban). But this will not be a formal PMNHS field trip. If others are also interested in fieldwork on these days please contact Julia via the Porcupine Recorder email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).