Ecological consultancy work gives lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians. One of our roles is to help our clients develop receptor sites, containing ponds, refuges, hibernacula and terrestrial habitat prior to site clearance. We then capture the reptiles or amphibians from the development site and move them to their new habitat to ensure that the populations can survive and grow into the future.
These are a few photographs of amphibians taken during 2016.
If you are interested in commissioning amphibian surveys in the midlands, you can check out Landscape Science Consultancy’s website here!
I left a trailcam recording a blackbird nest after the chicks had fledged, hoping they might return to have a second brood. The parent blackbirds have subsequently set up a new nest elsewhere in the garden for a second brood but I have a few clips of this juvenile blackbird apparently practising repairing/building the abandoned nest it was born in – after these clips it wasn’t recorded at the nest again for the following week and no further use of the nest has occurred so far. I thought this was rather interesting behaviour – it reminded me of a child playing with a doll’s house as though it was practising for when it was grown up! Any thoughts or observations on this behaviour would be welcomed!