Driving Through Glencoe – A Photo Essay

Despite low clouds and dark skies, near freezing temperatures and a constant drizzle, driving through the glen of Glencoe was spectacular and so atmospheric. Sheer cliffs and rocky crags rose up into the clouds, lost from eyesight, and snow capped the higher peaks. Red deer grazed amongst the heather, their coats the same muted tones of… [Continue Reading]

A-Questing I Shall Go! (Day 2)

My old room at my parents house faces east, and when we woke early on Sunday morning golden sunlight was streaming through the cracks the curtains. I don’t know why but bright sunny mornings make me wake up earlier, before my alarm, so I use this time to do things – like finish off a report… [Continue Reading]

Ecological Supervision – Trees

As well as carrying out ecological supervision works for protected species in regards to construction, demolition and extending, developers must also comply with British Standards to protect trees within the vicinity of works taking place. The British Standard BS 5837:2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction makes it a requirement that trees are taken into consideration before, during… [Continue Reading]

HS2 Environmental Statement Responses

HS2, or High Speed 2, is a planned high-speed railway between London Euston and the Midlands (Phase 1), with extensions to Manchester and Leeds (Phase 2) and potentially up to Glasgow and Edinburgh (Phase 3). The Environmental Statement (ES) for HS2, which is part of the overall Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), looks at the impact of the proposed railway line on the… [Continue Reading]

Ladybower Reservoir

Our first main stop on the first day of our road trip to Scotland was at Ladybower reservoir in the Peak District National Park. After over 5 hours of driving with only a few stops to stretch our legs, I was more than ready to take a longer break and breathe fresh air, so when we came… [Continue Reading]

Driving Through Glencoe – A Photo Essay

Despite low clouds and dark skies, near freezing temperatures and a constant drizzle, driving through the glen of Glencoe was spectacular and so atmospheric. Sheer cliffs and rocky crags rose up into the clouds, lost from eyesight, and snow capped the higher peaks. Red deer grazed amongst the … [Read More...]

A-Questing I Shall Go! (Day 2)

My old room at my parents house faces east, and when we woke early on Sunday morning golden sunlight was streaming through the cracks the curtains. I don't know why but bright sunny mornings make me wake up earlier, before my alarm, so I use this time to do things - like finish off a report for a … [Read More...]

Ecological Supervision – Trees

As well as carrying out ecological supervision works for protected species in regards to construction, demolition and extending, developers must also comply with British Standards to protect trees within the vicinity of works taking place. The British Standard BS 5837:2012 Trees in relation to … [Read More...]

HS2 Environmental Statement Responses

HS2, or High Speed 2, is a planned high-speed railway between London Euston and the Midlands (Phase 1), with extensions to Manchester and Leeds (Phase 2) and potentially up to Glasgow and Edinburgh (Phase 3). The Environmental Statement (ES) for HS2, which is part of the overall Environmental … [Read More...]

Ladybower Reservoir

Our first main stop on the first day of our road trip to Scotland was at Ladybower reservoir in the Peak District National Park. After over 5 hours of driving with only a few stops to stretch our legs, I was more than ready to take a longer break and breathe fresh air, so when we came up alongside … [Read More...]

A-Questing I Shall Go! (Day 1)

After deciding to go ahead with our road trip to Scotland and planning a rough route and booking rooms at a hostel, there was nothing else to do but wait for the morning of our departure. The day dawned bright and sunny. We had packed the night before so after breakfast we loaded the car and away … [Read More...]

Something Unexpected

The wheel turns, seasons come and go. What once was a bright spot on the horizon speeds quickly towards you and is upon you before you know it - carrying out dormouse box maintenance, marking the start of the dormouse survey season once again! I met my fellow dormouse monitor at Scotney Castle … [Read More...]

The Ancient Oak Woods of Taynish

*GUEST POST* The ancient oak woods of Taynish © Jo Woolf The National Nature Reserve of Taynish lies on the west coast of Argyll. Here, in the region known as Knapdale, the long fingers of sea lochs penetrate deep into the coastline, gently washing the shores and softening the climate, allowing … [Read More...]

A Quest? A Quest! A-Questing I Shall Go!

If you have never played or even heard of Dota 2, this title might not make sense to you. Steve loves playing this game, where 5 people verses 5 other people and work together as a team to defend their tower and eventually destroy the enemies tower (if they can). Each player plays as a different … [Read More...]

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Garden List 2014

#gardenlist2014 This isn’t an established hash tag, rather it was created by a fellow ecologist and blogger with the intention of recording everything she can within her garden and encouraging others to get involved and use the hash tag too. Why not share the idea, join in, and help get more … [Read More...]

The Dilemma Of Conservation

I often think about conservation efforts and issues - what may work, what IS working, what might not be worth the effort... For example, the panda. Personally, I believe that the money poured into trying to conserve the panda could be better used elsewhere. For starters there simply isn't the … [Read More...]

Bats Close Up

It is only in the past year, after four seasons of carrying out bat surveys, that I managed to finally see bats in the hand. I attended a training course last August in mist netting, harp trapping and handing bats, and last September I came across my first bat during a supervised roof strip. I love … [Read More...]