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Bat detectors - one of our favourite bits of kit!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

In 1790 an Italian scientist named Lazzaro Spallanzi was intrigued by the ability of bats to forage for insects at night. In an attempt to understand how they performed this remarkable feat he undertook several experiments. He found that blindfolded the bats flew unimpaired, but when they had their ears plugged they would fly into objects which they would otherwise have avoided. Since the bats appeared to be flying in silence, he could not understand why hearing was playing such an important role in their navigation. Read More

World Snake Day - July 16th

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

July 16th was World Snake Day! While snakes are threatened by many of the same issues that affect a range of wildlife - habitat loss and fragmentation, road mortality, climate change and disease - persecution and negative attitudes toward snakes may be the biggest barrier to their conservation. To celebrate World Snake Day, read on for a few facts about Great Britain’s native scaly friends..... Read More

Let's celebrate our National Parks!

Friday, July 29, 2016

I’ve had a long-standing relationship with National Parks around the world, having spent most of my summer holidays as a child, and now as an adult, camping and hill-walking in them. Next week is National Parks week and it’s made me think about what they mean to the environment and the people using them. Read More

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