Ecology Blog

National Tree Week

The value of trees     From the 25th November to 3rd December it’s National Tree Week, the UK’s biggest tree festival! This event is run by The Tree Council and is dedicated to celebrating the beauty and benefits that trees bring to our lives. It first began in 1975 [...]

December 1st, 2017|

Reptiles in the UK – What you need to know

Although sometimes surprising to some, the UK is home to 6 native species of reptiles. We have three snakes; the grass snake (Natrix natrix), the adder (Vipera berus) and the smooth snake (Coronella austriaca), and three lizards; the common lizard (Zootoca vivipara), the sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) and the slow-worm (Anguis [...]

August 3rd, 2017|

Great Crested Newt eDNA

As the UK’s most highly protected amphibian species, protection and preservation of the great crested newt is of upmost importance. Having seen severe population declines over the past 50 years, great crested newts are protected under wildlife legislation and is it illegal to deliberately capture, injure, disturb or kill them or [...]

April 19th, 2017|

Invasive Species

It’s Invasive Species Week! So here’s our contribution: A species we occasionally come across – Giant hogweed. Luckily, we know that we need to steer clear! It can cause blistering of the skin and scarring if the plant is handled without full protective clothing and gloves. In the first year of [...]

March 30th, 2017|

World DNA Day – Why is it significant to your projects?

Technology and biochemical advances in recent years have opened up more optionsto us when it comes to identifying possible ecological constraints to your projects. 25th April 1953 the DNA Double Helix was discovered in Cambridge, England, following work by Crick (physicist), Watson (biologist), Wilkins (physicist) & Franklin (chemist). 63 years on and ecology [...]

April 25th, 2016|

Where were the badgers in Shakespeare’s time? Where are they now?

There are big celebrations going on this weekend (23 April) for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare, so we are bringing you a little known (though unverified) fact from his literary legacy: badgers are not mentioned in any of his writings. Why? We need to do more research to answer that but perhaps there [...]

April 18th, 2016|
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