Appeal to look out for dead wasps in Lochaber

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Highland Biological Group is asking members of the community to look out for dead wasps.

The group is working with High Life Countryside Rangers and libraries to gather information about wasps in the local area.  The information is especially important in more remote parts of the Highland.

Yellow-jacket wasps are usually unpopular, however social wasps are an important part of our ecosystem. Wasps can tell ecologists a great deal about the environmental changes.

The group is asking members of the public to contribute to the project by collecting dead wasps, whether in the house or in the countryside, and bringing them to your local library.

Collections can be brought in containers or envelopes, with a note of the place where the wasp was found, and the date. Both Fort William and Caol Libraries are accepting contributions.

You can also sign up to the national Big Wasp Survey, which involves setting beer-traps for seven days in August to attract foraging workers, at www.bigwaspsurvey.org

Fiona Maclean, High Life Countryside Ranger for Lochaber, said: ‘This is a great opportunity to get involved with The Recorder’s Year.

‘There is a gap in the biological records for the Fort William area for all wildlife, so people could record anything that interests them, anything from frogspawn to daddy-long-legs. Just get in touch with the rangers at the libraries for more information.’