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has easy access to the wide variety of habitats which exist at the Centre. Through this
project, anyone can visit the Trusts website and take part in the experiments.
Groups not actually involved with the experimental design process can still monitor the
remote experiments. They are free to make use of the data displayed live on the internet
for their own investigative purposes and projects.
Remote experiments live on the 'net!
The universal reach of the internet means that
collaboration with students in far distant countries is also part of planned future
developments. Any academic level can be catered for and the possibilities are virtually
Information which is on the website is already part
of the course work for schools, colleges and universities world-wide. Since the last
newsletter, the Trusts website has received more than half a million hits from all
over the world. Universities from Oklahoma, Florida and Utah together with the South
Dakota Department of Education have joined the ever growing list of organisations which
have linked to www.offwell.info.
The mild, glorious autumn weather we
have had so far means that there are still many dragonflies around at the Centre. On sunny
days, large male blue-green Southern Hawkers can be seen patrolling their favourite
haunts. Common Darters line the wooden railings by the ponds, sunning themselves and
keeping an eye out for females and food! There is also good news in that the Ruddy Darter,
which is regionally rare, has once more been seen on the island in the Lake. Devon Women's
Institute ladies (and some gentlemen!) visited on two occasions for Dragonfly days. Poor
weather on the first occasion meant that few dragonflies were about, but better luck was
had on the second visit.
The Ruddy Darter Dragonfly