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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

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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

Happy new year! Now the Christmas festivities are over, it's time to start thinking about booking in this year's ecological surveys. It's prime time to get all your phase 1 bat survey's in ahead of the phase 2 bat survey season beginning in May. The newt season begins mid-March and is very short, ending mid-June. We can start surveying for reptiles in March dependant on the weather and as many of you know we get extremely busy so please call us now to get all phase 1 and 2 survey’s booked in and avoid missing this seasons deadlines. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Another successful and satisfying day of land management yesterday, practising our newly found scything skills on a huge patch of fleabane. The orchids will be happy! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Another successful and satisfying day of land management yesterday, practising our newly found scything skills on a huge patch of fleabane. The orchids will be happy!

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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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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5 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

6 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

6 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

7 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

7 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

7 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!