Fauna & Flora
On my primary research I focused on plants I found during our first group trip on Sandymount and also other elements of fauna and flora that reminds me about my childhood. Trees, plants, meadows or forest were my natural playground. I have learned about the properties of these plants and their names from my colleagues at the playground. Even as a teenager (13 -14 year old) I would still spent time after school on climbing trees or swimming in a nearby pond with fishes, frogs and toads. I was taught that this water was cleaner and better than a pale blue water in the pool. During our first trip I suddenly realized that something that was so obvious and natural 20 years ago it is now foreign and dissuasive to me. Those plants smells different, look different. I started to wonder why I chose to live here where is a natural peace without dense forests, strange insects or too many fields and meadows. It's not only better for my comfort but I'm healthier too (in Poland, I was allergic). In order to establish these memories I had started a process of regrowing vegetables and herbs from kitchen scraps.
Bees & Wasps
Next step in my research was study of lifes of wasps and bees. This topic came to my work naturally as my father maintains some apiaries and we used to discuss lifes and habits of different species. In this particular case I was curious why this species of insects are so alike but play various and non-equivalent roles in nature. Yet wasps who's role is almost useless might use their sting multiple times while bees which are so profitable must die if they sting human or animal.
Sources: BBC Nature