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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 😍

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2 days ago

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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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.

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3 weeks 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

4 weeks 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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4 weeks 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

4 weeks 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!!

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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4 weeks 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. Knightons have been doing a cracking job over the past two days and hope to finish tomorrow. 

So, day 1, yesterday, Dominic of Knightons created the general shape of the pond. Hes been a superstar - Im 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. Were also saving some of the marshy vegetation to plant around the edges such as the yellow iris and marsh woundwort.

Our bat surveyors have been seeing lots of hedgehogs recently. We're reporting sightings to the local record centres and putting in hedgehog mitigation into our reports to help these cute little guys out. In last 10 years their numbers have fallen by 30%. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Our bat surveyors have been seeing lots of hedgehogs recently. Were reporting sightings to the local record centres and putting in hedgehog mitigation into our reports to help these cute little guys out. In last 10 years their numbers have fallen by 30%.

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Hayley Dent 😀

Love them hedgepiggys! 🤗

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

1 month ago

Lindsay came across this unusual newt whilst leading Acorn Ecologys great crested newt training course earlier this month. Its a leucistic (a bit like albino but without red eyes) smooth or palmate newt which didnt 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!

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Looks a bit like an axolotl! Do you have any idea what might have caused it not to go through its metamorphosis properly?

Delayed maturation rather than neoteny? It's only neotenous if it retains larval/immature characteristics into (sexual) maturity.

The guys from ARC were saying that it was a neotenous one - apparently there's a link between over-wintering and full neotony...although they confirmed it was a female I can't prove otherwise that it was breeding but the consensus seems to be that it had reached sexual maturity

Our newt was on bbc springwatch!

One of our principals spotted these awesome snails on Monday in the surrey hills. Anyone want to guess the mollusc? ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

One of our principals spotted these awesome snails on Monday in the surrey hills. Anyone want to guess the mollusc?

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French edibles?

Conducting a badger survey today and a badger has used chimney above the sett entrance hole.

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2 months ago

Conducting a badger survey today and a badger has used chimney above the sett entrance hole.

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A group of the lces team had an awesome time helping monitor a church maternity roost for natterers and soprano pipistrelle bats Sunday night.

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2 months ago

Gorgeous morning for a water vole survey:)

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2 months ago

Gorgeous morning for a water vole survey:)

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We've been trialling the collapsible nylon traps for gcn surveys this week. They are our new favourites over the standard bottle traps, with 12 gcn caught in one trap 🙂

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2 months ago

Weve been trialling the collapsible nylon traps for gcn surveys this week. They are our new favourites over the standard bottle traps, with 12 gcn caught in one trap :)

 — Products shown: Great crested newt survey and mitigation.

Someone obviously doesn't understand how bottle traps work!!

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2 months ago

Someone obviously doesnt understand how bottle traps work!!

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Fab photo 🙂

In the last couple of weeks we've been out and about doing loads of training and voluntary surveys for national trust and the wildlife trust. We've practiced newt id torching some ponds, rare reptile and dormice survey, been out to see the early spider orchids and Lindsay our director had run her first gcn training course of the year.

— Products shown: Reptile survey and mitigation, Ecological appraisal and Great crested newt survey and mitigation.
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2 months ago

In the last couple of weeks weve been out and about doing loads of training and voluntary surveys for national trust and the wildlife trust. Weve practiced newt id torching some ponds, rare reptile and dormice survey, been out to see the early spider orchids and Lindsay our director had run her first gcn training course of the year.

 — Products shown: Reptile survey and mitigation, Ecological appraisal and Great crested newt survey and mitigation.

Monday one of our bat workers was in Purbeck undertaking supervision of licensed building modification for National Trust and found this awesome rare male grey long-eared bat.

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2 months ago

Monday one of our bat workers was in Purbeck  undertaking supervision of licensed building modification for National Trust and found this awesome rare male grey long-eared bat.

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The season has started this week with transects in Dorset. One of our seasonal ecologists took this photo of the sunset whilst on a survey. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

The season has started this week with transects in Dorset. One of our seasonal ecologists took this photo of the sunset whilst on a survey.

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3 months ago

This week we've been doing the first great crested newt surveys of the season. The licensed post development monitoring at Portishead is indicating they are still there and doing well 🙂

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3 months ago

This week weve been doing the first great crested newt surveys of the season. The licensed post development monitoring at Portishead is indicating they are still there and doing well :)

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3 months ago

Our badger bait marking study was very successful, we managed to identify two separate clans/ family groups and got some nice videos of badgers as well.

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3 months ago

Our badger bait marking study was very successful, we managed to identify two separate clans/ family groups and got some nice videos of badgers as well.

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