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One of our ecologists snapped this beautiful painted lady on feverfew in her garden this afternoon. A long distance migrant, it spreads northwards from the desert fringes of North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia, recolonising mainland Europe and reaching Britain and Ireland. (Butterfly Conservation, 2019). ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

One of our ecologists snapped this beautiful painted lady on feverfew in her garden this afternoon. A long distance migrant, it spreads northwards from the desert fringes of North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia, recolonising mainland Europe and reaching Britain and Ireland. (Butterfly Conservation, 2019).Image attachment

Lindsay spent a very enjoyable couple of days last week providing training with Jeff Picksley of Artemis Ecological Consulting to Forest Holidays rangers. We covered badger, reptile, bat and butterfly ecology and techniques to monitor wildlife on their sites. The animals didn't disappoint during the practical sessions with adders, a great example of a badger scratching post / tree and fantastic foraging noctules. The Rangers do a fantastic job in providing wildlife experiences for guests with resorts in some beautiful parts of the country. ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

 

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Awesome. I’d love to be a ranger.

The early spider orchids are still hanging on at Dancing Ledge although some are looking a bit ropey now - get down there quick if you want to catch them this year! ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

The early spider orchids are still hanging on at Dancing Ledge although some are looking a bit ropey now - get down there quick if you want to catch them this year!Image attachment

We often set out camera traps outside badger setts to assess the levels of activity. It's always nice to get footage like this! (Featuring a spider). ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago

The survey season for great crested newts is fast approaching, give us a call to book in your surveys. This photo shows one of the many great crested newts we recorded breeding in a newly created pond at a site in Somerset, demonstrating how mitigation can really benefit this vulnerable species. Excuse the mucky hand! (Licenced ecologist present). ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago

The survey season for great crested newts is fast approaching, give us a call to book in your surveys. This photo shows one of the many great crested newts we recorded breeding in a newly created pond at a site in Somerset, demonstrating how mitigation can really benefit this vulnerable species. Excuse the mucky hand! (Licenced ecologist present).

Natural England has recently confirmed that the Poole Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) will see an extra 1,800 hectares of land and sea under its protection – an increase of 40 per cent. This is fantastic news for the thousands of waterfowl that call Poole Harbour home over the winter including goldeneye, brent geese and black-tailed godwit, pictured here having a scratch. ... See MoreSee Less

9 months ago

Natural England has recently confirmed that the Poole Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) will see an extra 1,800 hectares of land and sea under its protection – an increase of 40 per cent. This is fantastic news for the thousands of waterfowl that call Poole Harbour home over the winter including goldeneye, brent geese and black-tailed godwit, pictured here having a scratch.

 

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Brilliant news!

Brilliant

Best news all day.

The main survey season is fast approaching! Now is a good time to start looking into what ecology surveys you may need, so we can help protected species like this beautiful brown long-eared bat. (Licenced ecologist present) ... See MoreSee Less

9 months ago

The main survey season is fast approaching! Now is a good time to start looking into what ecology surveys you may need, so we can help protected species like this beautiful brown long-eared bat. (Licenced ecologist present)

 

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I saw a bat flying at 3pm yesterday, hungry work hibernating.... 🦇 🦇

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

1 years 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

1 years 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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Stunner!

What a whopper!!

Funny looking thing! 🦇

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

1 years 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

1 years 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

1 years 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

1 years 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

1 years 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 ... See MoreSee Less

1 years 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 ... See MoreSee Less

1 years 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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1 years 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

1 years 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

1 years 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

1 years 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

1 years ago

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

1 years 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

1 years ago

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