Monthly Archives: September 2012

Final Consultancy Reptile Survey

I have just completed what is probably my last survey this year, with the end of September generally representing the demise of the surveying season. Again at the Wales site checking for reptiles, we managed to see a reasonable range of specimens. However colder, wetter conditions definitely had an impact on the number of finds. [...]

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Consultancy Reptile Survey

A second reptile survey in Wales today and I saw a great range of specimens which I feel has greatly improved my identification skills. The weather wasn’t ideal but this didn’t seem to make much difference as a similar number of individuals were found on my last trip to this site. As well as finding 2 grass [...]

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One Million Pond Project

Charity group ‘Pond Conservation’ release have released plans to boost the number of ponds in the UK to 1 Million. Ponds represent highly biodiverse habitats yet there numbers are declining with those still remaining becoming increasingly polluted. The charity is offering funding and practical advice to those wishing to create pond habitats on their own [...]

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Consultancy: Bat Re-entry Survey

I helped out in another dawn bat survey this morning. Very little activity to report and I personally recorded just one bat (Daubentons) completing 3 passes along a river.

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SLBG: Swarming Survey

Last night I and around 10 other members of SLBG took part in a swarming survey at an abandoned mine in Blackburn. It was undoubtedly my best conservation experience to date! The survey required bats to be caught and handled, nets to be checked and measurements to be completed on the specimens, offering a great range of [...]

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Consultancy: Reptile Survey

I had a great experience surveying at a site in Wales today. Saw plenty of Slow worms and one juvenile Grass snake as well as mice, voles, frogs and toads. Slow Worm Unlike my first reptile survey where the species were a no-show, this opportunity allowed me to see numerous individuals from 2 target species [...]

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