Dung beetles are small insects that live in every continent except Antarctica. They live for hunting down the freshest poo that they can consume. These little critters do so much for the environment as they act as a natural recycling source, breaking down lots of animal dung that otherwise would cover the land and make it hard for grass and plants to grow.
Dung beetles are a farmer's best friend as they bring multiple benefits that can help us understand the health of our fields.
They are also useful in other aspects of a farmers life here are a few examples:
They also act as bioindicators and can show us how healthy our land is too.
Dung beetles play a crucial role in field and livestock health so it is important that we know we have the right sized colony for the number of animals we have.
This will mean we have the right number to break down the amount of cow dung that is in our fields.
Led by Amelia Gibson, our Biodiversity Project Assistant, We will be determine our dung beetle populations at different sites across the farmland and investigate which factors might be affecting the dung beetle population. We will then decide whether we need to increase our population (both in size and diversity) and determine the best method to do this.
All of this data will be recorded and put in easy accessible spreadsheet so it can be constantly updated.
By doing this we can monitor changes and look at how things have changed on the farm with time.
We will be working with the Cumbrian Biodiversity Data Centre to document our findings.
If you'd like to take part then join our Citizen Science Project and help us find out 'Who's eating our dung?'
Susan's Farm CIO
145 Houghton Road
Cumbria. CA3 0LD
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