LBG Roost Survey: Highgate Tunnels

I completed my first bat survey with the London Bat Group over the weekend in what was also my first experience of a roosting survey. The site in question, Highgate Tunnels, has been surveyed 3 times a year since 2002 in order to monitor bat roosting activity. Consisting of two, 300m disused railway tunnels, the area is now specially [...]

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Cloning for conservation

Cloning is the process in which genetic material (DNA) is transferred from one organism to a host cell in another. With this technology, scientists can transfer anything from single genes to entire genomes between host organisms. In the wider science communities, cloning has applications in isolating and propagating desirable genes for medication and research, and [...]

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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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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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