Ever wondered what scientists do all day? The RSPB is offering the chance to find out exactly what they get up to – and, surprisingly, it involves a lot more than just sitting in a laboratory and looking down a microscope.
Members of the RSPB’s Centre for Conservation Science team will be at the award-winning nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs on Saturday 14 October to give visitors a fascinating insight into their vital work. The team, based at the RSPB’s headquarters in Bedfordshire, will be introducing the public to how they identify problems and go about discovering their possible causes.
Science is at the very heart of conservation – from tracking seabirds using satellite tagging on feeding expeditions to analysing the diet of certain species to assess how food intake changes as sea temperatures rise. The data the scientists provide is essential to knowing how best to help our precious wildlife as it struggles in the modern world.
Sarah Aitken, Bempton Cliffs’ Visitor Experience Manger, said: “This is a unique opportunity for members of the public to get the inside information on our amazing seabirds from those studying them on the front line. Our colleagues have amazing stories to tell about how they uncover evidence that is used to underpin recommendations that can make the difference between life and death for some species.”
As part of Biology Week, which runs from 7-15 October, visitors to RSPB Bempton Cliffs will be able to find out from the scientists how they are directly helping the seabirds on the Yorkshire cliffs, home to the UK’s largest mainland colony. They will be explaining how they are undertaking ongoing seabird tracking research on the Filey and Flamborough coast.
For the puffin lovers, the scientists will also be sharing some of the early findings from Project Puffin - a ‘citizen science’ investigation, combining the latest technology with data collection by members of the public, to learn more about these charismatic birds and how best to protect them.
The event runs from 10am-4pm and usual admission charges apply.
Biology Week showcases the important and amazing world of the biosciences, getting everyone from kids to professional biologists involved in fun and interesting science activities. A real celebration of science, last year over 100 events took place all over the country.