Category Archives for Ecology

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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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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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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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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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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Small Mammal Surveying.

I recently completed three days of small mammal (mammals under 50g) surveying in collaboration with BTCV and Bury Council in order to gain some firsthand experience in the processes involved in ecological surveys. The three days were composed of multiple activities including; cleaning, preparing and placing traps, collecting and recording specimen details, and completing a [...]

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The dynamic ecosystem

Periodically I come across an article that announces a new level of depth discovered within terrestrial ecosystems, previously unknown interactions that singularly or through accumulation lead to significant changes in local biodiversity. I was first made aware of the sheer depth of complexity throughout global environments during a third year module, ‘Conservation Biology’. This course [...]

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