There is no way round it – our involvement as ecologists is essential if we are to guarantee the future of many species.
Early one morning, a few weeks ago, a juvenile noctule bat was found beside a footpath by a member of the public.
What do ecologists do on a warm, calm evening in July? When conditions are perfect for bats but you haven’t got a bat survey booked in
When ecologists talk about relaxing in the garden, they often mean something quite different to other people.
It is well known and accepted that volunteering is a large part of getting essential experience.
A couple of nights ago, I was sat watching a building in darkness during a bat survey. Despite the lack of natural light, I was able to see
Last week during a bat survey, watching common and soprano pipistrelles streaming through a private garden
How much notice do you take of artificial lighting during bat surveys? This information is just as important…
Have you ever thought about habitat piles? Do you use this technique for tidying up after tree felling and woodland management?
Recognising bird calls and songs is a key skill when undertaking bird surveys. As with bat surveys, sound recordings can not only provide evidence for use in reports
Do you remember the splatometer? It was a means of counting insects on your number plate, as part of the Big Bug Count in 2004.
This is not something that I expected to be thinking about when surveying woodland for birds this morning.
How can you continue to work and develop new skills and knowledge during the current virus outbreak?
There is nothing like looking down from a raven’s eyrie to blow the cobwebs away (and to make you shiver as you look over the edge).
How often do you find unexpected things during ecology surveys? It happens to us quite regularly and we look forward to it.