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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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SLBG: Swarming Survey

Last night I and around 10 other members of SLBG took part in a swarming survey at an abandoned mine in Blackburn. It was undoubtedly my best conservation experience to date! The survey required bats to be caught and handled, nets to be checked and measurements to be completed on the specimens, offering a great range of [...]

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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 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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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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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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