Category Archives for Mammals

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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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