- 04 May 2023
- 1:00 pm
Big Wasp Survey: Investigating Social Wasp Populations
Wasp-love swept has swept the nation year after year. Learn how social wasp populations are being investigated through citizen science!
Big Wasp Survey is a citizen science initiative co-founded by Prof Seirian Sumner (University College London) and Prof Adam Hart (University of Gloucestershire). Members of the UK public sample vespine wasps in their local area, and submit their data. BWS has been running for 5 years, and it’s giving us a really good view of the diversity and distribution of vespine wasps in the UK, as well as insights into what influences citizen scientists to participate year after year.
Seirian Sumner is a professor of behavioural ecologist at UCL. She uses a combination of field ecology and molecular biology to understand insect behaviour, with a particular fondness of wasps. She co-founded Big Wasp Survey in 2017, and published her first popular science book in 2022 – Endless Forms, the secret world of wasps.