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Smooth Newts in Bottle Trap

Two males and a female caught in a bottle trap in mid-April. Smooth newts have spots on the underside of the chin and males can develop quite dark colours with large spots and stripes on their head and body. Note also the orange on the tail of the males along with a blue iridescent strip above it.

Also posted in Amphibians, Newt, Pond, Survey

First frogspawn of 2013

Found in slow flowing and partially frozen stream/river. Quite an early record considering the cold winter.

Also posted in Amphibians, Pond Tagged

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.

Also posted in Bats, Conservation

Grass Snake Sighting

I found a young grass snake under an old wooden board whilst out on a walk around Goldings, Hertford today. Unfortunately no photo but nice to see one there for the first time.

Also posted in Snakes Tagged

One Million Pond Project

Charity group ‘Pond Conservation’ release have released plans to boost the number of ponds in the UK to 1 Million. Ponds represent highly biodiverse habitats yet there numbers are declining with those still remaining becoming increasingly polluted. The charity is offering funding and practical advice to those wishing to create pond habitats on their own [...]


Consultancy: Bat Re-entry Survey

I helped out in another dawn bat survey this morning. Very little activity to report and I personally recorded just one bat (Daubentons) completing 3 passes along a river.

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