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INTRODUCING THE MIGHTY 1KM SQUARE - NG3963




These pages will introduce to you to what an active Pan-species Lister, hundreds of miles from home, gets up to in his spare time. Hopefully it will be full of fascinating insights and eye-opening facts without too many episodes of sheer confusion, misidentification and tearful frustration at his own damn ineptness. 

But first, what precisely is a Pan-species Lister? Put very simply, a pan-species lister is a naturalist who keeps a list of every wild animal, protist, fungus and plant they see in Britain. Putting the correct name to the species is of course very important. But isn't that just train-spotting nature's wonders, reducing it all to a tick list? Hell no!!!! It's actually an incredible learning curve on that long road to becoming an all-round naturalist. My adage has always been 'the more you look, the more you see'. The difficult part for me is remembering what I've seen.

Pan-species listing is a phrase that was first coined by an audacious entomological consultant named Mark Telfer. Back in January 2011 he went public with his idea of listing across all taxa and asked for people to tally up their lists and share their totals with the rest of the world. And hence the Pan-species Rankings Table was born. Mark's original website was sadly compromised and is now lost, but there's a link to view the abridged version here whilst his Birdguides webzine article can be viewed here.

Pan-species listing soon overspilled from Mark's site and onto Facebook where it has a roaring beast of a page here.

Eventually of course a dedicated Pan-species Listing website was required. Read all about PSL here.

My new home patch is the Ordnance Survey 1km monad NG3963. I have chosen this square kilometre as my stomping ground for three very good reasons. Firstly I live and work in this square, so will be spending a lot of time in it. Secondly, by restricting myself to just one square kilometre, I will be forcing myself to repeatedly explore the same areas time and time again as the seasons progress, thus gaining a better understanding of, and familiarity with, the species present. And lastly, it makes recording my findings one heck of a lot simpler!  

Springtime in Uig Woods - simply glorious!
River Conon just east of the A87 - should be great for aquatic inverts
View from the highest point of NG3963 - looking down to the black sands of the beach
The narrow strip of wooded area called Shore Woods, part of Uig Woods WT Reserve

Boulder-strewn upper part of the beach - great habitat for littoral inverts
The weather can be temperamental at times, usually get a bit of warning though as it heads in from across the bay











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