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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME - DR SARAH BEYNON Being brought up on a farm I have always had a fascination with the Natural World. I was given my first ‘bug box' at the age of 5 and have never looked back! The first time I broke a toe was by dropping a large boulder on it whilst building a Ladybird house on my primary school window ledge in St Davids! Things have changed very little since: I am still fascinated by insects and am still rather accident-prone!

As an undergraduate student at the University of Oxford, my interest in insects was cemented with a tour of the Hope Entomological (Insect) Collections by the superb entomologist (insect-expert) Darren Mann. Volunteering at the Collections gave me some of the skills I needed to actually go out into the field and study insects. It was at this time that I became aware of the diversity in form and function of insects and the their use as indicators of habitat health. After my degree, I set up an environmental consultancy business in Pembrokeshire, working with farmers and conservation organisations to deliver advice on habitat management for invertebrates.

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Alongside the consultancy, I worked on a number of my own research projects around the World, before starting my doctorate at The University of Oxford, studying the impacts of agricultural intensification on non-target invertebrates and the ecosystem services they deliver. During the course of my research, I have had the opportunity to travel the world to follow my passion: I have led projects in countries including Zambia, Bolivia, Brazil, America and Honduras.

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Whilst I love my work as a scientist, I am also passionate about education and the dissemination of that research. Therefore, instead of working as an academic at a university, I came back to Pembrokeshire to start-up Dr Beynon's Bug Farm (The Bug Farm). This way, I can do both: I still work as a scientist and ecological consultant, but also work with children, the public and farmers to enthuse people about Insects and make sure that my research is delivered where it is needed - to the farmers and policy-makers. I am a full-believer in the power of television to get your message across to a large audience: I have been lucky enough to present for, amonst others, BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Channel, Channel 5 and Animal Planet.

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