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Training

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  • Protected Species Training for The Parks Trust (Milton Keynes)

    Tuesday March 3rd, 2015

    On 4 February 2015 BSG Ecologists Jim Fairclough and Hannah Bilston delivered a half day seminar on Protected Species[1] to The Parks Trust[2], the independent charity that owns and cares for many of the parks and green spaces in Milton Keynes. This green space adds up to approximately 5,000 acres of river valleys, woodlands, lakesides, parks and landscaped areas alongside the main roads – about 25 percent of the new city area.

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  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at BSG Ecology

    Friday January 23rd, 2015

    One of the questions we are often asked by job seekers is, “What training will you provide me with?” In this short article, written by Gareth Lang and Rachel Taylor of our Monmouth office, we outline the sort of training our staff receive, and why it is of benefit to us to invest in their development.

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  • Oxwich Marsh Ringing Report 2014

    Tuesday January 6th, 2015

    Bird ringing has been conducted at Oxwich Marsh by Owain Gabb (a licensed ringer) from our Swansea Office, since February 2013. The marsh is managed by Natural Resources Wales, and includes open water, reed bed, wet woodland and species-rich grassland to the landward side of...

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  • North Sea Ferries Bat Migration Research 2014

    Wednesday December 17th, 2014

    In 2014 we deployed bat detectors on two commercial ferries sailing routes through the southern North Sea. The two vessels were Flandria Seaways (DFDS Seaways) and the Pride of York (P&O Ferries), which sail from Felixstowe (UK) to Vlaardingen (Netherlands) and from Hull (UK) to Zeebrugge (Belgium) respectively. The aim of the study was to investigate the occurrence of bats over the North Sea, and to see if there were any clear patterns to records indicative of migration.

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  • Stable Isotope Analysis provides further evidence of Nathusius’ pipistrelle migration

    Monday December 1st, 2014

    The extent of bat migration between continental Europe and the United Kingdom (UK) is poorly understood. BSG Ecology has been conducting studies looking at whether there is evidence of bat migration into and out of the country since early 2012. Using static detectors at various coastal locations and on North Sea ferries, we have consistently recorded peak levels of Nathusius’ pipistrelle Pipistrellus nathusii (a migratory species of bat) activity during the migration season for the species on the continent.

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  • External Entomology Training provided by BSG Ecology

    Friday July 18th, 2014

    BSG Ecology has been growing its in-house and associate invertebrate advisory team over the last two years. Our team is led by Dr Jim Fairclough and we have four specialist invertebrate ecologists, and several other staff with more general invertebrate experience. As well as providing...

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  • Chittering Leisler’s bats

    Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

    BSG partner Dr Peter Shepherd has been closely involved with a bat box monitoring scheme in Sherwood Forest over the last 16 years. Since monitoring began, the species recorded have regularly included noctule, Leisler’s, common and soprano pipistrelles , with occasional brown long-eared bat and whiskered/Brandt’s bats being recorded.

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  • Internal Training: Bat Identification and Survey Design

    Thursday June 19th, 2014

    As part of a structured programme of internal technical training, Dr Peter Shepherd recently delivered a two-day course on bat identification and survey design to ten staff from around the practice. This article sets out what the course aimed to cover and achieve, and provides links to photos taken on the day. It was both challenging and enjoyable for the staff involved, who are at various stages of working towards licenses and in their development as bat surveyors.

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