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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

Speedy slugs

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Some of the team were out on a bat survey this week, using the infra-red camera to record bat sightings. Read More

Barn owls benefit from conservation efforts

Monday, July 11, 2016

Barn owls are a popular yet mysterious bird species which, if seen at all, are most likely glimpsed gliding like ghosts over crops at dusk. Their screeches can send shivers down anyone’s spine. They are incredible hunters with huge eyes and sharp talons, yet they have suffered population declines in the UK. This has mainly been attributed to changes in farming practices and possible effects of pesticides such as DDT. Read More

Girl grabbed on the way to the ball

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dr Ruth Barnich, our Principal Taxonomist, has shared with us one of her findings from a current project, assessing benthic samples from the Southern North Sea near a gas gathering platform for our client, Gardline. Read More

Birds of Conservation Concern

Monday, June 20, 2016

Here at Thomson Ecology there are many bird enthusiasts. So many of us were very eager to read the recently published fourth review of the Birds of Conservation Concern (BOCC 4) (Eaton et al. 2015). The BOCC 4 assesses the population status of 244 bird species in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Read More

Problematic microplastics

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Concern is growing about the impact that plastic rubbish in the marine environment is having on marine animals. It is widely accepted that marine animals mistake plastic for food and eat it, and plastic has been found in the stomachs of birds, marine mammals, turtles and fish, blocking their digestive tracts. Read More