Definitely managed that, although I still didn’t get to visit everywhere on the estate – but that is because it is ridiculously huge
Visit NT Wicken Fen
I went a bit further than expected – I visited and I got a job there as an assistant in the education team! I ended up working part-time at Wimpole and part-time at Wicken Fen between May – September 2017. Suffice to say I had an wonderful time because I love teaching children about nature, and I also saw lots of amazing wildlife!
Organise an event for AFON
In the summer I ran an ‘introduction to insects’ workshop for AFON members at WT BCN’s Ring Haw field station. I definitely did *not* run said workshop for my own interests … In all honesty, it was a great couple of days, and we all learnt a lot!
Kind of completed
Submit application to give a talk(s) at BirdFair 2016.
I didn’t submit an application in the end (I just missed the deadline, d’oh!). However, I did manage to end up on the main stage at BirdFair twice! First, when invited by Jess French to talk about AFON, and second, to play a mouse during the play of ‘The Jungle Book’.
Publish an article in a major wildlife magazine.
Kind of done in two ways – I have an article on moths in the Spring 2017 issue of Wildlife Watch, and I also now work at a major wildlife magazine.
Visit RSPB Minsmere.
I visited, but incredibly briefly at dusk so I don’t feel I can count this as completed!
Start my own collection of pinned insects.
Yes, in that I have two pinned insects … and then I stopped because I moved house twice and started a new job.
Not at all in any way completed
See 4 new species of butterfly, including Swallowtail & Black Hairstreak.
See and identify 5 new species of hoverfly.
Reach 200 on my bird life list (161 at the end of 2015).
Reach 500 on my moth life list (209 at the end of 2015) by BirdFair 2016 – as challenged by Dominic Couzens at BirdFair 2015.
Reach 1500 on my pan-species list (769 at the end of 2015).
Get at least one of the birds in my freezer taxidermied.
Sort and submit all my 2015 wildlife records.
Dissect and identify the dead moths in my freezer / dead insect pots.