Category Archives for Conservation

LBG Highgate roost survey

A final winter roost survey at the Highgate tunnels identified 17 roosting bats, as usual a mixture of natterers and daubentons. This winter has had the highest  bat count since 2008.

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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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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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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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Bat Survey: Southern Cemetry

I completed my second bat survey this Thursday, during a fortunately warm and dry evening at the Southern Cemetery, Manchester. The survey was organised in order to collect evidence that could support a bid by local authorities to award the site nature reserve status, something that site managers have been working towards for some time. We were briefed to split up into [...]

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Bat Survey: Platt Fields

I attended my first bat survey on a drizzly wet wednesday night of this week (July 4th), in Platt Fields Park, Manchester. I loved it. Tagging along with the South Lancashire Bat Group, of which I have recently become a member, the main aim of the outing was to try and locate the presumably close [...]

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Amphibian ID and Survey

I have always had a strong interest in, and fondness for amphibians. My childhood home was blessed with a pond populous in frogs, and whilst exploring nearby woods and fields I often stumbled upon other frogs, toads and even the occasional newt. My interest in these animals remained strong throughout my university education. My second [...]

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Hope for orang-utans?

A while ago I wrote about orangutans in Sabah (Borneo) as part of a university assignment regarding the necessity of conservation to retain any chance of the species’ (there are at least 2 of them) long-term survival. There has been a growing awareness of the species plight, with worldwide charities such as WWF considering it special enough [...]

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