Confession time: I still have some dried specimens from last year waiting to be identified. The shame !! It’s much more fun to identify mosses and liverworts with a friend or several to help you, so off I went to Pensychnant to meet North Wales Non-Flowering Plant Group and get stuck in to microscoping some tricky specimens. Continue reading
I am pleased to announce that I have renewed both my great crested newt survey licences and am offering great crested newt survey in both England and Wales again this year.
I like newts a lot and enjoy surveying for amphibians, but I don’t consider myself an expert in great crested newt development licensing and in fact have not had much opportunity in the past couple of years to work on great crested newt development licensed projects. Realistically, I don’t think I’d be eligible to hold a development licence on my own any more. That means I am most comfortable working as part of a larger team of surveyors including a specialist great crested newt worker and don’t tend to take on projects where I am the sole lead on amphibians. This way, I still get to have fun surveying but don’t have to worry about what I’m going to do if I do find great crested newts.
As I pulled into the car park at Rhydymwyn, it began to snow. I was already wearing thermals, full waterproofs and an insulating layer but now I pulled on my wellies and put on my mountain cap and new waterproof mittens. It was time to harvest mouse survey. Continue reading
If you’ve never been to Norton Priory I must suggest you go; this was my first trip there and I’m already planning to return :) The good people of Cheshire Active Naturalists often hold events there, as the ranger is a member himself and very interested in wildlife.
This time round we were here to see a demonstration of bird ringing by David Norman of Merseyside Ringing Group, an august local chap who has been ringing birds at the site for over 30 years and has over 100,000 ringing records to prove it ! Continue reading
So after an hilariously bad first day on the batline (here’s the story, if you’re interested) I stuck with it and signed up to ‘man the batline’ one day a week over the winter. Here’s what happened… Continue reading