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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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  • Pembrokeshire Islands Bat Research 2014

    Wednesday December 10th, 2014

    In 2014 we deployed bat detectors on the islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Ramsey, off the west coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales.The aims were to increase knowledge of the bat fauna and investigate evidence for migration through the identification of changes in seasonal bat activity.

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  • Partnering Swansea University: Dartford Warbler Research

    Friday December 5th, 2014

    During 2014 BSG Ecology provided training to two Master of Science students at Swansea University in order to help them develop their ornithological field skills. This enabled them to complete research projects on a species of particular local interest, Dartford warbler. The partnership was facilitated by the Access to Masters initiative, which is backed by the European Social Fund. In this short article, Hannah Meinertzhagen summarises the findings of her study, and the benefit she got from partnering with industry professionals.

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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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  • Matt Hobbs Presents to the Spurn Migration Festival

    Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

    Principal Ecologist Matt Hobbs recently presented a talk entitled “An Introduction to Bat Migration” to the Spurn Migration Festival in East Yorkshire. The talk gave details of BSG Ecology’s ongoing research project to look at patterns of bat activity at coastal sites around England and Wales.

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