Author Archives: jacob

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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Consultancy: Bat emergence and re-entrance survey.

I completed my first overnight bat survey last night, conducting a dawn and dusk survey at a warehouse site in the North-West. Within a team of 4, each of us were designated our own section of the building to survey over both dusk and dawn periods. Equipped with the standard equipment, (detector and recording device, [...]

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Southern Cemetery Update

I heard some great news today regarding the bat survey we completed at the Southern Cemetery a few weeks ago. It seems that the survey provided critical evidence to support the sites nature reserve bid, which is now set to be awarded the desirable status by the governing body, Natural England. This is great news as it [...]

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Consultancy Reptiles and Bats Surveys

I spent Thursday afternoon checking the 200 or so reptile mats laid last week. Unfortunately no target species were found on this visit although we did find a few common toads and also a baby vole. I would say that the lack of findings shouldn’t be considered representative at this stage as conditions for the check were [...]

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Water Boatmen (Backswimmer).

Snapped this water boatmen during a pond dip at Phillips Park. This photo shows the insect upside down as this is how they swim, propelling themselves along the surface of still water bodies searching for prey such as tadpoles and smaller invertebrates.

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Consultancy Reptile Survey

After a bit of persistance I have been fortunate enough to edge my way onto the radar of a local ecological consultancy firm and today was invited out to help prepare a site for reptile surveillance over the coming weeks. The site in question, which I should probably keep classified, is being assessed for reptile activity in [...]

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Bat Survey: Millponds

Last week I completed a couple of days surveying with SLBG , aiding out in there flagship annual survey conducted in the Kirklees Valley. The Millpond survey has been running at the same site since 1994 and has amassed a considerable amount of data applicable to bat conservation within the region. The structure of this ongoing [...]

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SLBG Survey: Blackely Cemetery

Five of us from  SLBG conducted a preliminary survey of Blackely Cemetery (Greater Manchester) to produce the first set of data for this site. This is the second survey I have completed at a cemetery, habitats that have, until recently, been largely ignored by the group. Starting off at 9pm on a warm, clear evening [...]

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Newt Search: Phillips Park

Night Before: Along with Nick Martin I placed 12 newt traps between 2 ponds in Phillips Park. These ponds represent the two remaining non-surveyed (within recent years) habitats to be assessed for newt activity within the park and one has even housed Great Crested Newts (GCN’s) in the past. Presently, Phillips Park is considered a [...]

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