Notes from a transect
Breeding Bird Surveys
Polly Atkin there are volunteers there are square kilometres twice a year they’ll walk a transect up the square and down and catch every species that breeds there there are gaps in the data the scientist says it’s hard to ask questions to prise apart correlation habitat or climate disturbed or not disturbed perception or preconception it depends what scale you concern yourself with
People Against The Beaver
There are people against the beaver. They never specify which beaver. I imagine one coppicing willow illegally by the bank of a river where water voles swim in her wake, and a haze of dragonflies veil her as she gnaws at the scrub to build a damper outlaw nature. How can they be against her? Her positive story of translocation? Her fabulous tail? That mysterious smile?
Butterflies and Moths we’re on the cold edge documenting decline looking for correlation with very little control we’re on the cold edge of where they live working out the why the why on the cold edge is the next step we never get to
What’s Under Your Feet
Children dig for soil invertebrates, counting worms in the dirt. A simple measure to track weather effects. Fingers in the soil. Attending to what’s beneath.