Posts Tagged ‘Surveys’

Joy of Recording: fourteen years of data

My desire for identifying wildlife started at a very young age, sometime between five and seven, when it was usual for me to be found crawling under school huts. A lot of my childhood was spent crawling around looking at invertebrates in my local park in Luton, Bedfordshire where I grew up. However…

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Joy of Recording

The importance of wildlife recording first dawned on me in my late teens. During the early 1980s, I volunteered, at a Shropshire site called Stoneyhill, to look for three species of clubmoss ferns. Remarkably, they included alpine clubmoss – a species not recorded in the county since 1726. Being exceptional county rarities, their discovery …

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Show & Tell: Goose Count Maps

The Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme has been monitoring Canada goose populations in the Wandle Valley to gain a greater understanding of their numbers and possible effects. With help from volunteers, the partnership have been conducting annual goose counts. For the last two years …

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Migration over London

Most people don’t look to the sky over London for migrating birds. I never used to. Until, way back in the early 1990s, I was waiting at a bus stop on Tottenham High Road. I looked up and noticed a smoky, long line of wood pigeons. I counted over four hundred before …

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Joy of Recording

Collecting and submitting records provides a focus for my wildlife outings. That being said, I try to remember that looking for wildlife is not simply about numbers. For me, it may have been initially, but it certainly is not now. It’s also about having fun. …

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Show & Tell: Stag Beetle Forms

For several years now, one of our most reliable signs of spring at GiGL has been the trickle of stag beetle records sent via our website. The first records in March and April herald the upcoming busy season of stag beetle spotting …

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A different perspective

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment popularised the concept of ‘ecosystem services’; making sure nature is considered in decision-making by measuring and accounting for the benefits it provides to human wellbeing. The value of some services such as pollination of agricultural crops can be measured, however not all services are so easily quantified.

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The i-Tree Eco Survey

This year, over three hundred volunteers from all walks of life, professionals and ordinary members of the public, came together to undertake the largest urban tree and woodland survey of its kind in the world; the RELEAF London i-Tree Eco survey. After being postponed because of the Olympics in 2012 and logistical issues in 2013, we have now succeeded …

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River Citizen Scientists

I’m pleased to write that my article on ZSL’s European eel monitoring project for the GiGLer in December 2012 successfully attracted new partners and volunteers to the project. I’m hopeful this article might do the same for another citizen science project ZSL are initiating. But first, let me bring you up to date with the latest news from our eel monitoring in the Thames region.

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