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What a beautiful day for a walk. Most of the staff got out for a walk along the stunning Jurassic coast today as part of our health and wellbeing initiative. We're so lucky both to live in this part of the world and have this initiative at work. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

What a beautiful day for a walk. Most of the staff got out for a walk along the stunning Jurassic coast today as part of our health and wellbeing initiative. Were so lucky both to live in this part of the world and have this initiative at work.

We've had a couple of feathered friends visit the office lately. A wren popped in and found it's own way out and then this lovely female redstart flew in last week, she needed a little help to leave. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Weve had a couple of feathered friends visit the office lately. A wren popped in and found its own way out and then this lovely female redstart flew in last week, she needed a little help to leave.

Our ecologists are still recording a good number of reptiles enjoying the beautiful autumnal sunshine. Here are some slow worms found on a recent survey and one sleepy toad. (note the top photo with a lovely example of a male and female). ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Our ecologists are still recording a good number of reptiles enjoying the beautiful autumnal sunshine. Here are some slow worms found on a recent survey and one sleepy toad. (note the top photo with a lovely example of a male and female).

The hedgehogs are doing well, both Jodie and Harriet are nearly ready for soft release back into the wild. Sonic is also gaining weight in preparation for release. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

The hedgehogs are doing well, both Jodie and Harriet are nearly ready for soft release back into the wild. Sonic is also gaining weight in preparation for release.

We did a wee bit of reptile training yesterday so some of the staff could get a bit more handling experience with a licenced ecologist. We were lucky enough to see all six native species, including these little beauties. A male grass snake and juvenile slow worm. We also stumbled upon an impressive wasp spider! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

We did a wee bit of reptile training yesterday so some of the staff could get a bit more handling experience with a licenced ecologist. We were lucky enough to see all six native species, including these little beauties. A male grass snake and juvenile slow worm. We also stumbled upon an impressive wasp spider!

Ahh its an ecologists life...a few snippets of a day in the life of a surveyor. British wildlife at its best, clockwise from the top - a comma caterpillar feeding on one of its favoured food plants, common nettle. The adult butterfly with its scalloped wings and when closed amazingly camouflaged as a dead leaf! Then the elephant hawk-moth caterpillar which can be seen around now. Named because of the larvae resembling an elephants trunk. Nature is immense. 🌿 ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Ahh its an ecologists life...a few snippets of a day in the life of a surveyor. British wildlife at its best, clockwise from the top - a comma caterpillar feeding on one of its favoured food plants, common nettle. The adult butterfly with its scalloped wings and when closed amazingly camouflaged as a dead leaf! Then the elephant hawk-moth caterpillar which can be seen around now. Named because of the larvae resembling an elephants trunk. Nature is immense. 🌿

The baby hedgehogs are doing well being fed ready for the winter. In their new home they have a tray to forage for insects to enable them to find food when they are released. The two girls, Jodie and Harriet, have been joined by their brother Sonic this week. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

The baby hedgehogs are doing well being fed ready for the winter. In their new home they have a tray to forage for insects to enable them to find food when they are released. The two girls, Jodie and Harriet, have been joined by their brother Sonic this week.

Our ecologists are seeing a lot more fungi whilst out and about on surveys lately. Clockwise here we have a parasol mushroom, birch polypore and common earthballs. Keep your eyes peeled for lots more wonderful growths popping up over the next few weeks! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Our ecologists are seeing a lot more fungi whilst out and about on surveys lately. Clockwise here we have a parasol mushroom, birch polypore and common earthballs. Keep your eyes peeled for lots more wonderful growths popping up over the next few weeks!

Dawn re-entry survey - Common pipistrelle bat
Watch this lovely little common pipistrelle bat demonstrating re-entry behaviour and then re-entering the roost during a dawn survey near Waterlooville this morning. It shows just how tiny the gaps they can fit through can be, this time between the brickwork and tiles on the gable end of a building.
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3 months ago

One of our surveyors rescued these hoglets today from an enclosed garden. They were underweight so have been taken to a rescue to be fed up for soft release in the local area later this year. We'll keep you posted with their progress over the coming weeks. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

One of our surveyors rescued these hoglets today from an enclosed garden. They were underweight so have  been taken to a rescue to be fed up for soft release in the local area later this year. Well keep you posted with their progress over the coming weeks.

One of our ecologists was lucky to spot this lovely rosy footman moth during a dusk bat survey in Sway last night, what a beauty. The caterpillars feed on various lichen.. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

One of our ecologists was lucky to spot this lovely rosy footman moth during a dusk bat survey in Sway last night, what a beauty. The caterpillars feed on various lichen..

Creeping thistle had really started to take over the piece of land at Wilkswood. During a couple of practical days, some of the staff got really stuck into removing it by hand, ensuring to get the roots, before it had a chance to flower and set seed again. We came across so many amazing invertebrates, including small and large skippers, marbled white butterflies and hundreds of grasshoppers. This beautiful female Roesel's Bush-Cricket was one of many we saw. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Creeping thistle had really started to take over the piece of land at Wilkswood. During a couple of practical days, some of the staff got really stuck into removing it by hand, ensuring to get the roots, before it had a chance to flower and set seed again.  We came across so many amazing invertebrates, including small and large skippers, marbled white butterflies and hundreds of grasshoppers. This beautiful female Roesels Bush-Cricket was one of many we saw.

One of our ecologists had a cracking reptile survey yesterday with these beautiful adders and grass snake and over 100 slow worms under the survey mats. The weather conditions must have been perfect! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

One of our ecologists had a cracking reptile survey yesterday with these beautiful adders and grass snake and over 100 slow worms under the survey mats. The weather conditions must have been perfect!

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Not one of ours was it?!

One of our ecologists came across this wasp spider today on a survey! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

One of our ecologists came across this wasp spider today on a survey!

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Whoa! Go they bite?

They're pretty harmless. The pattern is a defensive mechanism, predators mistake them for wasps and stay away!

Baby otters learning to swim - so cute! 😄
Natural World: Orphaned otters learn to swim

BBC Springwatch
Orphaned otters learning to swim is my favourite thing EVER 😍

Via BBC Earth
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5 months ago

The botanical training day went well today. We came across these lovely twayblades! ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

The botanical training day went well today. We came across these lovely twayblades!

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This day was amazing with nice people and the best teacher:). I know much more species than before 🙂

Congratulations to Swanage Railway - this is the first day of passenger trains running from Wareham. We have been involved in helping to get this massive project off the ground since 2013, conducting surveys and advising on achieving this goal whilst being sensitive to the wildlife and internationally designated heathland sites that the newly opened section of line runs through or next to. Its been a really interesting project, with lots of hard work and dedication from the team at Swanage Railway! It was a pleasure to be a part of it! Here are some photos of the new train rolling into Swanage station. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

Congratulations to Swanage Railway - this is the first day of passenger trains running from Wareham. We have been involved in helping to get this massive project off the ground since 2013, conducting surveys and advising on achieving this goal whilst being sensitive to the wildlife and internationally designated heathland sites that the newly opened section of line runs through or next to. Its been a really interesting project, with lots of hard work and dedication from the team at Swanage Railway! It was a pleasure to be a part of it! Here are some photos of the new train rolling into Swanage station.

It's filling up nicely! ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

Its filling up nicely!

Lindsay came across this unusual newt whilst leading Acorn Ecology's great crested newt training course earlier this month. It's a leucistic (a bit like albino but without red eyes) smooth or palmate newt which didn't go through full metamorphosis last year and over-wintered in the pond, retaining its larval features (known as being neotenous) such as the rather splendid red gills. A really interesting find - a first for Lindsay in 16 years of conducting surveys for newts. Thank you to Chris Gleed-Owens and ARC for their input into identification, and thanks to Colin Bonfield of Acorn Ecology for the photos which were much better than mine! ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

Knighton Countryside Management have kindly been creating a pond on our land in memory of Ben, our much loved and very much missed colleague who tragically passed away last year. Knighton's have been doing a cracking job over the past two days and hope to finish tomorrow.

So, day 1, yesterday, Dominic of Knighton's created the general shape of the pond. He's been a superstar - I'm really pleased with the result. The only instructions were to avoid too much of a uniform shape, and have a variety of depths and gradients to benefit a wide variety of wildlife. And also to use the spoil created from digging the pond to create a bank for plants to colonise and also for reptiles and amphibians to use as a place of shelter. We're also saving some of the marshy vegetation to plant around the edges such as the yellow iris and marsh woundwort.
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6 months ago

Day 2 of creating the pond....it's really shaping up now, and we hit water and its starting to fill naturally. I can't wait for the final profiling tomorrow. It's so exciting - Knighton's have done a fantastic job!! ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

Day 2 of creating the pond....its really shaping up now, and we hit water and its starting to fill naturally. I cant wait for the final profiling tomorrow. Its so exciting - Knightons have done a fantastic job!!