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Capturing my imagination

Thursday, December 15, 2016

I like being connected to the news. Most days I listen on my way into work and on my way home, and am attentive to all of the analysis and opinions. However, my interest in this connection has waned. I can feel the anger in the world weighing me down, letting the negativity seep through my mind. The darkness from our surroundings compounds this effect and I feel a little depressed about what the future holds.  Read More

Citizen science – power to the people!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Citizen science is simply the involvement of volunteers in science. People of all ages and varying levels of expertise can participate and there is often no special knowledge or equipment necessary.  Read More

Beavers are back

Monday, November 28, 2016

Last week the Scottish Government formally announced that the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) is to be officially recognised as a native species 400 years after being hunted to extinction.  Read More

Watching briefs should not be left until the last minute!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Watching briefs are an integral aspect of ecology site work and should be planned for in advance to ensure that ecologists with the necessary competencies will be available. For example, an ecologist with a great crested newt licence, or a bat licence, may be needed.  Read More

Out of season, but not out of song

Monday, November 07, 2016

While a recent letter in British Birds expressed interest in the little known habit of winter singing by blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) in the UK, it is well documented that many other species sometimes sing “out of season”. Read More

Winter planting tips and recommendations

Monday, October 31, 2016

Whilst the survey season is slowly coming to an end as wildlife begins to hibernate, the contracting season for Thomson Habitats continues, particularly for planting schemes.  Read More

It’s “Wild About Gardens” week!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This year I reached the first rung on the housing ladder, buying a small garden flat in Cardiff. Having a garden was high on my tick list of necessities when looking for a property. As I am a country girl at heart, some outdoor space, however small, was essential.  Read More

Winter singing of blackcaps

Friday, October 21, 2016

In a recent (October 2016) edition of British Birds a letter was published discussing winter singing by blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) in Britain and Ireland (Greenwood, 2016). Blackcaps are relatively large warblers with beautiful and complex songs. These songs sometimes include mimicry of other species and there is much individual variation, and in fact an old dialect name for the species was northern nightingale.  Read More