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Quekett Excursion to Basingstoke Canal/Brookwood Surrey

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:44 pm    Post subject: Quekett Excursion to Basingstoke Canal/Brookwood Surrey Reply with quote

Yesterday was the annual excursion of the Quekett Microscopical Club to the Basingstoke Canal at Brookwood. Here is a link to some photos:


https://picasaweb.google.com/104512140967093575049/QMCBrookwood2013?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPyL1PXf_73Aeg&feat=directlink

We were threatened with rain, but in fact the weather was excellent and sunny, allowing us to have a leisurely walk to do some botany, whilst also collecting water samples for microscopical examination. My wife and daughter came along too, and the pictures are a selection of the family's photos.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The excursion to the Basingstoke Canal has become an annual event for the Quekett Microscopical Club, and we were there again 2 days ago.

You can see a report on the Quekett website, with photographs of the canal, the members, their equipment and some of the specimens that we photographed with cameras and microscopes.

http://www.quekett.org/about/reports/2015-brookwood-public (available for 12 months)





Alan Wood

Edited to correct the URL.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Members of the Quekett Microscopical Club will be visiting the Basingstoke Canal again on Saturday 16th July 2016, based in Brookwood Memorial Hall in Surrey (GU24 0AL, adjacent to 150 Connaught Road).

If you are free, please drop in to see us and our microscopes and cameras. There is free parking in the grounds of the Hall, which is a short walk from Brookwood Station.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Members of the Quekett Microscopical Club will be visiting the Basingstoke Canal again on Saturday 22nd July 2017, based in Brookwood Memorial Hall in Surrey (GU24 0AL, adjacent to 150 Connaught Road).

If you are free, please drop in to see us and our microscopes, cameras, computers, books and nets. There is free parking in the grounds of the Hall, which is a short walk from Brookwood Station.

You can see a report of the 2016 excursion here:
http://www.quekett.org/about/reports/2016-brookwood-public

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Members of the Quekett Microscopical Club will be visiting the Basingstoke Canal again on Saturday 21st July 2018, based in Brookwood Memorial Hall in Surrey (GU24 0AL, adjacent to 150 Connaught Road).

Non-members are welcome. If you are free, please drop in to see us and our microscopes, cameras, computers, books and nets. There is free parking in the grounds of the Hall, and it is just a short walk from Brookwood Station.

You can see a report of the 2017 excursion here:
http://www.quekett.org/about/reports/2017-brookwood-public

Alan Wood



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:46 am    Post subject: elementary question Reply with quote

If possible, please post photos of how you harvest your specimens. I suspect that this is an unappreciated art. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crusty, that is a good idea.

I will be at Brookwood taking photographs for the report, so I will try to remember to take photos of the equipment.

Alan Wood


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

... and if Alan misses anything, I'll be taking pictures, too...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:13 am    Post subject: Equipment etc. Reply with quote

As promised, a selection of images (I hope not too many - but needs must!) of various sampling equipment. I've kept it in this thread because that was where the question was asked, but happy if admin wish to move it. All images were taken on Basingstoke Canal at Brookwood in Surrey, UK, mostly yesterday but also at various Quekett Club excursions over the last few years. I was not the only one taking photos of collecting equipment yesterday, so there may be further contributions.


The well equipped collector!



Using a plankton net - fine net with detachable bottle. This concentrates the sample and the contents can be easily accessed.



Two types of plankton net - one with a handle, the other for dragging with a line, either from the bank or from a boat



A plankton drag net on a line



Using a plankton drag net with line


Golf ball retriever with a sampling pot


Scraping the bottom with a pot held in a golf ball retriever. Can be used for scraping walls etc. too


A turkey baster is a very useful sampling tool. Also, another golf ball retriever with sample pot.


Weed drag on a line for casting into patches of weed. Remember to secure the line and don't throw yourself in!



Weed sample on weed drag
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooh - I like the golf ball retriever. Excellent "re-purposing" Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The report of the Quekett Microscopical Club's 2018 excursion is now available on the Quekett website:
http://www.quekett.org/about/reports/2018-brookwood-public

As requested, it includes photos of the equipment we used for collecting, sorting and observing specimens.

Alan Wood

This giant pipette (28 cm long, holds 30 ml) is a turkey baster:

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