Can you help with beetle survey?
A Rothamsted PhD student is appealing for farmers to help with her project after her research into pest-eating beetles has been badly disrupted by the lockdown.
Kelly Jowett, who is co-supervised by the University of Reading, had planned to run a series of farmer workshops this year – but has instead been forced online to seek farmer opinions on the benefits of ground beetles in crop protection.
She said: “With increasing restrictions on pesticides, and public opposition to chemical use, agricultural researchers are looking for new pest management options. Paramount to this is ensuring these are effective and applicable to real world situations.”
She has set up an online survey that takes less than 20 minutes to complete and will be appealing for help across social media using the hashtag #BeneficialBeetlesSurvey
Follow this link to access the survey: