Archive for March, 2012

Bat Survey Guidelines 2nd Edition have been released for download!

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The new bat survey guidelines have been released for download from the BCT website or a printed version can be purchased from the NHBS store.

The new guidelines are an update to the previous document which was released in 2007.

New chapters include:

  • Pre planning considerations
  • Equipment and techniques
  • Assessing survey reports
  • Long term surveys for larger infrastructure projects
  • Surveying for wind farms
  • Interpreting results

We are pleased that the guidelines are out in time for the start of the bat season, and the team are busily studying the document to make sure that our 2012 surveys are carried out to the new guidelines.

Links to the new document on the BCT website are below.

http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/batsurveyguide.html

 

Its the great crested newt survey season and they’re back in the ponds making egg folds already !!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Our great crested newt survey season has started and we have already had positive results in the ponds that we are monitoring and in ponds that we are surveying for the first time.

A number of the ponds which we survey as part of our annual monitoring cycle have a number of great crested newt egg folds present, mainly on water forget me nots and willow-herb. This is relatively early in the great crested newt breeding season and it is possible that newts have been active early this year due to the mild winter.

Male great crested newt

Male great crested newt

It is particularly encouraging to find good numbers of great crested newts in ponds which we have actively managed over the last couple of years. The removal of willow trees which have encroached the ponds and the opening up of the pond banks are simple measures which have produced good results.

Female great crested newt

Female great crested newt

It will be interesting to see how great crested newt activity progresses in the ponds as the season goes on, and we hope to see an increase in the maximum numbers of great crested newts in the ponds and also an increase in amphibian activity in general.