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Lindsay came across this fox moth caterpillar on one of the local Dorset heaths recently. If you look closely there are some larvae attached to the end of it. Having asked around a few entomologist colleagues the consensus is that it they could be from a parasitic wasp like Ichneumon or Braconid. An entomologist from Bournemouth University is trying to hatch them so will post the results if it all goes well! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Lindsay came across this fox moth caterpillar on one of the local Dorset heaths recently. If you look closely there are some larvae attached to the end of it. Having asked around a few entomologist colleagues the consensus is that it they could be from a parasitic wasp like Ichneumon or Braconid. An entomologist from Bournemouth University is trying to hatch them so will post the results if it all goes well!

A bit of a rare bat day yesterday. Here's a greater horseshoe. You can really see the horseshoe shaped nose in this photo. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

A bit of a rare bat day yesterday. Heres a greater horseshoe. You can really see the horseshoe shaped nose in this photo.

 

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Funny looking thing! 🦇

What a whopper!!

Stunner!

Interesting photo of brown and grey long-eared bats in the hand. One obvious feature from this photo is how transparent the tragus is on the brown long-eared on the left compared to the grey on the right. And the brown's long toes!! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Interesting photo of brown and grey long-eared bats in the hand. One obvious feature from this photo is how transparent the tragus is on the brown long-eared on the left compared to the grey on the right. And the browns long toes!!

Camouflage of a golden plover hatchling ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Another striking caterpillar - this one's a knot-grass moth..it likes brambles, willows, docks and plantains...and of course knot-grass! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Another striking caterpillar - this ones a knot-grass moth..it likes brambles, willows, docks and plantains...and of course knot-grass!Image attachmentImage attachment

Many bird species are migrating at this time of year, and we'll soon be welcoming huge numbers of migratory ducks and waders to our shores. Now is a good time to get in touch with us about winter bird surveys for coastal sites. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Many bird species are migrating at this time of year, and well soon be welcoming huge numbers of migratory ducks and waders to our shores. Now is a good time to get in touch with us about winter bird surveys for coastal sites.

One of our ecologists found this beautifully coloured pale tussock moth caterpillar during a reptile translocation. The caterpillars are often found in gardens and parks and can be seen until early October, so keep an eye out for them. The caterpillars can irritate the skin, so don't handle them without gloves! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

One of our ecologists found this beautifully coloured pale tussock moth caterpillar during a reptile translocation. The caterpillars are often found in gardens and parks and can be seen until early October, so keep an eye out for them. The caterpillars can irritate the skin, so dont handle them without gloves!

Did you know? There are 2,500 species of moth in the UK but only 57 resident species of butterfly! #FridayFeeling

📸 Transparent Burnet (Zygaena purpuralis) and Peacock (Aglais io) by Tamás Nestor
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2 months ago

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Fascinating behaviour captured by Butterfly ConservationA group of male Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) on sheep dung, it is thought the butterflies gain vital minerals by feeding in this way.

Photographed by Bob Eade
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2 months ago

Fascinating behaviour captured by Butterfly Conservation

I just love what Toby Hoad is doing here - keeping traditional practices alive and just makes so much sense in difficult terrain. A community coppice day sounds like fun too!!

Dorset Horse Logging
This week we've been extracting the last of the coppiced, hazel and ash out of Langton west wood. This is part of a community woodland project that we've been working on with the Purbeck National Trust for the last five years. The first community coppice day this season is Saturday 6th October (first Saturday of every month up to February). Meet at Wilkswood Farm, Langton Matravers at 10am. All ages welcome, you can get your hands dirty or just drink tea by the fire either way the woods are very beautiful and very peaceful.
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2 months ago

LCES is currently working on a project looking into the use of quarries in Purbeck by bats. We are looking to set up a volunteer group to help with emergence surveys and harp trapping to assist us with this work. If anyone is interested please could you e-mail Lindsay at Lindsay@ecological-services.co.uk and I will add you to the volunteer group e-mail and keep you posted on various dates that we will be out batting. Thank you!! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

One of our principal ecologists found this lovely dormouse nest during one of her voluntary surveys last week - a text book nest!! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

One of our principal ecologists found this lovely dormouse nest during one of her voluntary surveys last week -  a text book nest!!Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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I bet that's a Jenny special 🙂

We're having a super busy field season but our ecologists are still able to take the time to appreciate some fantastic wildlife out and about on surveys. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

During some summer evening gardening one of our ecologists came across this fantastic elephant hawk moth caterpillar. You can see where it gets its name from. 🐘 ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

We discovered this extremely fresh adder slough, under some gorse out at a heathland site today. An absolute cracker. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

We discovered this extremely fresh adder slough, under some gorse out at a heathland site today. An absolute cracker.Image attachment

Jenny (registered to use a CL10 class licence) recorded this lovely little sleepy dormouse on a survey this morning. ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

Jenny (registered to use a CL10 class licence) recorded this lovely little sleepy dormouse on a survey this morning.Image attachment

We went to see the early spider orchids today at dancing ledge, it was a bit disappointing compared to other years, perhaps due to the crazy weather we've had. We did capture this one beauty though. ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

We went to see the early spider orchids today at dancing ledge, it was a bit disappointing compared to other years, perhaps due to the crazy weather weve had. We did capture this one beauty though.

A beautiful specimen of toothwort captured in Garston wood by one of our principal ecologists this week. A fascinating parasitic plant. ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago

A beautiful specimen of toothwort captured in Garston wood by one of our principal ecologists this week. A fascinating parasitic plant.Image attachment

The temperature is rising and it's really starting to feel spring like. The survey season is pretty much upon us so we hope to be posting exciting updates very soon. 🐍🌿 ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago

Beautiful spring walk out on Godlingston heath today as part of our wellbeing programme. We came across these lovely little wild daffodils, well we were keeping one or two eyes out. ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago

Beautiful spring walk out on Godlingston heath today as part of our wellbeing programme. We came across these lovely little wild daffodils, well we were keeping one or two eyes out.Image attachmentImage attachment

We have recently completed a job where we needed to relocate a maternity roost of soprano pipistrelle's, (with a peak count of 196) away from public areas of a shared building. The pips were roosting in the soffit boxes and due to the large numbers of bats, urine was running down the internal walls of the building causing a health and safety concern to the residents. We decided on a slightly different approach and commissioned a local carpenter, Tony at TTT Carpentry, to build and install two bespoke, self cleaning soffit boxes and locate them away from the windows. We're all very excited to monitor the site this summer and hope the sop pip's love it as much as we do. www.tttcarpentry.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

10 months ago

We have recently completed a job where we needed to relocate a maternity roost of soprano pipistrelles, (with a peak count of 196) away from public areas of a shared building. The pips were roosting in the soffit boxes and due to the large numbers of bats, urine was running down the internal walls of the building causing a health and safety concern to the residents. We decided on a slightly different approach and commissioned a local carpenter, Tony at TTT Carpentry,  to build and install two bespoke, self cleaning soffit boxes and locate them away from the windows. Were all very excited to monitor the site this summer and hope the sop pips love it as much as we do. www.tttcarpentry.co.uk
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