Visitors discover diversity at Imperial College

From hunting for British bugs to identifying rare species from the African rainforest, visitors of all ages explored the variety of the natural world at Imperial College’s Silwood Park Campus on Saturday.

Discover diversity: The planet's wildlife on your doorstep gave staff, students, local families and schoolchildren the chance to learn about the wildlife all around them.

A hoverfly on a flowerOPAL staff based at Imperial teamed up with the university’s Grand Challenges in the Ecosystems and the Environment (GCEE) initiative to host the event.

Pond dipping, fungi foraging and learning wilderness survival techniques were also among the activities on offer at the free event in Ascot, Berkshire.

Professor E.J Milner-Gulland, Director of GCEE, said: “I know that our local communities have a huge wealth of knowledge about their local wildlife and I think it is very important that we as scientists work with the public to collect information.

“There are so many ways that people can get involved – from noting down bird species visiting their gardens, to identifying animals spotted by camera traps in remote African forests from their laptops.”

Couldn’t make the event but want to explore the wildlife on your doorstep?