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New technology and the increase in noise pollution

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Guardian recently published an article called “Turn it off: how technology is killing the joy of national parks”. The article made a valid point that the increase in drones, or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), and other technology such as smartphones and music speakers, is spoiling the natural sound of some of the USA’s otherwise peaceful places. Read More

Local dormouse monitoring continues

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

As relaxation and to help the endangered dormouse population, our ecologists have enjoyed a busman’s holiday. On Sunday we checked our local dormouse boxes, as part of the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP). The programme has been set up to monitor dormouse boxes in 350 locations around Britain. Thomson Ecology monitors 50 dormouse boxes in an area of woodland in Merrow, Surrey.  Read More

Two weeks in the life of a new starter!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My first two weeks working for Thomson as a Graduate Ecologist have genuinely exceeded my expectations. The hands-on approach to our inductions has made the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable. Right from the very start, we were warmly welcomed into the office. Everyone has been so friendly and happy to help us find our feet, which has made settling in to our new roles easy and stress-free. Read More

The Nathusius’ pipistrelle

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In the British Isles, Nathusius’ pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus nathusii) is relatively rare but widely distributed. It can be found throughout Europe as far east as the border with Turkey, west towards Northern Spain and north towards Finland. Nathusius’ pipistrelle was first seen on the Shetland Isles in 1940 and then later in Ireland in 1996 when a single bat was found grounded in Belfast. The species was initially thought of as a vagrant species with no fixed abode. By 1991, the species was defined as a migrant winter visitor. Mating of this species was later confirmed and three maternity colonies were discovered between 1997 and 2001 in Lincolnshire and Northern Ireland.  Read More

Small changes can make a big difference

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

I read an article recently about a 40% drop in the number of plastic bags on beaches compared with 2015, attributed to the introduction of the 5p charge on plastic bags. It’s funny how such a small charge can make such a big difference. People were initially outraged by the introduction, but they now accept this change and have changed their habits as a result.  Read More

Keeping a close eye on groundwater

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Whilst we all are hoping to see those long balmy sunny days and evenings arrive soon, there are concerns about the wish for a scorching summer.  Read More

Volunteer required?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The birds are singing, the bees are out and about, and this morning I saw my first slug searching for the newly sprouted greens in my garden. This can only mean one thing – the season has kicked in.  Read More

Otters, the basics

Monday, March 06, 2017

With growing numbers of otters in the UK the chance of coming across one of these fascinating creatures has never been better. The Eurasian otter (lutra lutra) is a wide-ranging member of the mustelid family and is present throughout Europe, including the UK, large parts of Asia and northern Africa.  Read More