Category Archives for Survey

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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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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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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