Archive for April, 2012

Badger monitoring surveys

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

UES are currently completing badger monitoring surveys of a site in Barnton, Northwich using remote wildlife cameras. Remote cameras are ideal for badger monitoring surveys allowing you to set it up onsite and return later to collect your images. Remote cameras can be set to take pictures or videos regularly with the time lapse facility, or when it is triggered by an animal moving into the field of view. Either way, it gives a remarkable insight into the wildlife in the vicinity.

Now is a great time to undertake a badger monitoring survey as cubs start emerging from their sett in April or early May, which gives them all of spring, summer and autumn to feed, grow, and put on sufficient fat reserves to see them through their first winter.

Find out more information here.

Ancient woodland indicators

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve (NNR) in the Soke of Peterborough, is home to more plant and insect species than most other woods in the country. During a recent visit to the NNR we observed a number of ancient woodland indicators; Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), Primrose (Primula vulgaris), Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa), Common dog-violet (Viola riviniana), Early dog-violet (Viola reichenbachiana), Lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) and Stinking hellebore (Helleborus foetidus).

Ancient woodland indicators (AWIs) are species that are usually more common in ancient woodland than in more recent sites. They are most commonly vascular plants, although they have been identified in other plant and animal groups (e.g lichens, invertebrates).

Indicator species are often chosen for the following characteristics; poor dispersal ability, short-lived seed banks, poor ability to compete with more generalist species in sunlight, an adaptation to deep shade and low nutrients, and reliance upon vegetative propagation via rhizomes, stolons or suckers.

Further examples of AWI plants include:

  • Yellow archangel
  • Wild strawberry
  • Dog’s mercury
  • Herb paris
  • Wood spurge
  • Wood forget me not
  • Red helleborine
  • Green hellebore

Great crested newt pond scoping surveys in Cronton, Merseyside.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Our surveyors have visited a site to assess the ponds prior to carrying out great crested newt surveys in Cronton Merseyside. The ponds look good but we definitely picked the wrong day to do it… its FREEZING!! and very windy.
Warm cup of coffee on our return was most welcome.