‘Loxodes rostrum’ - a rare ciliated protozoon, with algae inside © Martin Kreutz

‘Loxodes rostrum’ – a rare ciliated protozoon, with algae inside © Martin Kreutz

In partnership with Bournemouth University and the Freshwater Biological Association River Laboratory, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is holding an event on Wednesday 6 April at East Stoke Fen nature reserve near Wool, to showcase the tiny but vital organisms that live in the wetland.

This wetland is home to a huge range of microbeasts, which are invisible to the naked eye, but  are the basis of the food chain, providing food for the initial stages of fish and other aquatic  life. 100 species of these microbeasts, most of which have not been recorded anywhere else in the UK, have been discovered at East Stoke Fen nature reserve.

Join the event at the Freshwater Biological Association River Laboratory at East Stoke, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6BB from 10am–1pm on Wednesday 6 April. For more information about the event, contact DWT’s Briony Baxter on 01305 264620 or bbaxter@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Colpoda sp’ - commonly found in soils at East Stoke Fen © Genoveva Esteban

Colpoda sp’ – commonly found in soils at East Stoke Fen © Genoveva Esteban

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