West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre
Bulletin 2 by Kate Jones.
Sarah Beynon is a
motivated and enthusiastic Coleopterist from St Davids, and the new editor of
our monthly newsletter.
At 23 years old Sarah has studied beetles in Zambia
and South America, as well as the UK. She has now started a
Pembrokeshire beetle collection in her own laboratory.
Sarah grew up on the
family farm in St Davids and spent her childhood helping out with the
livestock. She attended primary and secondary school in St Davids and in 2002
went to Oxford University to study Biological Sciences.
It was here, while helping out with the Hope Entomological Collections, part of
the University's Natural History Museum that Sarah's interest in beetles was
sparked. She went on to do her third year dissertation on beetles looking at
the difference between ground beetle assemblages on organic and conventional
farms. At the end of her third year Sarah applied for the Varley Gradwell
Scholarship in insect ecology, her application was successful and after
graduating in 2005 Sarah embarked on a 3 month research project on dung beetles
Since returning from
Zambia Sarah's family have moved from the farm, although still keep 40 acres of
prime beetle habitat which Sarah is trying to manage through Tir Gofal to
improve species numbers, which she is constantly recording. She is also
looking at the effects of cattle wormers on dung beetles and the changing
effects of land use on ground beetles. Sarah also works as a freelance
entomological consultant, advising local farmers on habitat management.
Sarah has just returned
from a trip to Central and South America.
she worked for Operation Wallacea as an entomologist, carrying out research on
dung beetles, moths and jewel scarabs as well as teaching school and
university students of the importance of beetles in the forest
ecosystem. In Bolivia
she assisted with a dung beetle project. Now back in the UK,
Sarah is working as a freelance entomological and envoronmental consultant, and
in her spare time is working her way through a freezer full of beetle specimens
from across the globe with the aim of producing publications by the new year.