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Ragweed on the rise

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

We are used to hearing about how climate change and global warming are leading to rising sea levels, warming oceans and retreating glaciers, but did you know that it may also cause a rise in hay fever?! Read More

The power of nature…

Friday, June 16, 2017

We invented the wheel, the computer, have mastered flight and even landed on the moon, but are we really the most powerful species? Read More

Combining surveys saves time and money for your project

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

At Thomson Ecology, we are keen to assist our clients from the first email or telephone conversation right through to the end of a project, and beyond. We understand the ecological constraints that you have on site and we want to ensure that planning consent is achieved, as well as saving you time and money. Read More

Reptile Personalities

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I have always been interested in the subject of animal behaviour and find the growing research into the ecological impacts of behaviour and personality an interesting development within the field of ecology. Whilst most of this research focuses heavily on larger mammals, particularly primates, there is behavioural research available on some of the smaller, less charismatic species that we encounter regularly as ecologists in the UK. The common lizard, (Lacerta vivipara) is an example of such a species.  Read More

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