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Biodiversity now below safe levels, new study shows

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Scientists have estimated that the variety of animals and plants has fallen to dangerous levels across 58.1% of the world’s landmass, and that biodiversity loss is no longer within the safe limit suggested by ecologists. Read More

Ecology of the Mandrare Valley in Southern Madagascar

Friday, July 15, 2016

Madagascar is a fascinating place due to the abundance of plants and animals that are found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and a mere 250 miles off the coast of mainland Africa. However, it remains a largely undiscovered corner of the continent.  Read More

Spot the flycatcher

Monday, May 23, 2016

The spotted flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) is a late summer migrant to Britain, and one that has shown a precipitous decline over the last 30 years. The population is now only a sixth of what it once was.  Read More

eDNA analysis for great crested newts

Friday, May 06, 2016

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is now being used predominantly for determining the presence or likely absence of rare, invasive or protected species in freshwater habitats, such as the great crested newt (GCN). Read More

Tree-hugging eco-warrior or pragmatic consultant?

Monday, April 18, 2016

The other day a client referred to me and my team as eco-warriors (and advance apologies if you’re now reading this!). Although I’m sure no harm was meant by it, I was very disappointed that after 10 years in the industry working hard to support my clients, ecological consultants are still viewed as tree-hugging warriors wearing tie-dyed clothes. Read More

Newt season kicks off

Friday, April 01, 2016

It’s day one and I’ve loaded up one of Thomson Ecology’s Land Rovers with approximately 350 bottle traps and bamboo canes. I’ve got the maps, risk assessments and travel details. Read More