We hope you are surviving Lockdown, and all the challenges and worries it brings with it.
Last year, wasp-love swept the nation again like we’d never have predicted! We were overwhelmed with the enthusiasm for wasps, and we are still sorting and identify all of your little packets of wasps.
Like last year, we are starting off by inviting provious participants to take part, but we are starting to think about how Big Wasp Survey can function in a COVID19 world. We think that the sampling itself should be relatively unaffected, as it is done in your back garden.
However, it is unlikely that we can accommodate receiving and sorting the masses of insects you will send us this year, as there is too much uncertainty about whether the university labs will be open and able to receive your samples, and whether there will be the student body to help sort them. It is also unlikely that we will be able to run the public workshops, which have helped identify the bulk of the samples each year, due to likely social distancing regulations.
One solution is that you – the samplers – sort and identify the wasps yourselves at home and we are emailing previous participants to survey their views.
We apologise to those of you who would like to take part, don’t receive and invite. We hope you understand that we need to sample only what is needed and keep everyone safe. But please do continue to spread the #wasplove – and look out for our call for wider participation in future years of the Big Wasp Survey!