Tripled land creatation target!
Well it looks like summer is over now but still plenty of things to do on the subt project! Hopefully some of you saw our press release last Monday. I did a talk at the British Science Festival last week, the British Ecological Society had invited me and they very kindly organised a press conference for us. The response has been brilliant we got into all the broadsheets and Daily Mail (articles can still be found on all their web pages). We also have articles in the New Scientist, The Ecologist and The Economist this week so do give them a look if you have time! If your in New Zealand we are in the New Zealand Geographic this month and Cosmos magazine in Australia. So a big thank you to Becky at BES for organising the whole thing.
We are very excited about the projects progression as we have found a breeding methodology for the bees which can take place in New Zealand and we have news that we have also tripled our land conversion target. Originally we wanted 10km2 around the release site to contain 0.2ha in each 1km2, well, we are now over 30km2 and the amount is still raising so many thanks to all the farmers, land owners and conservation groups for their support!
So next week I am teaching a lesson at St. Michaels primary school on bumblebees. I am giving a one hour talk at Tunbridge Wells museum on Wednesday night (get in touch with the museum if you want to come along!). Very interestingly a person called William got in touch with me to say one of is relatives was responsible for transporting the bumblebees to New Zealand and he still has all the correspondence!! Its stored at a records office so within the next couple of weeks I'm going to pop up and have a visit.... watch this space
Till next time Nikki