A number of the staff I met, including the Director Professor Rob MacKenzie, are involved in setting up the new Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR). I am looking forward to interacting with them all over the next few months as well as the fellow moss biologists in Biosciences. I am hoping I can learn a lot from the hydrologists too.
Sue presented me with a UoB Acme whistle which I tried out on Saturday. Small but piercing - it will be really useful in Antarctica if I get lost in a blizzard or need to attract attention. I wonder if it works as a Skua deterrrent!