Suffolk’s Seaside Shepherd: On Orford Ness in May

 

Andrew Capell with lambAndrew Capell is a Shepherd working for the National Trust at Orford Ness and other sites on the Suffolk coast.  Andrew has been looking after sheep for over 30 years and he currently cares for the flock of over 100 as well as working with the sheep to maximise habitat conservation on the Ness, Europe's largest vegetated shingle spit...................

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Suffolk’s Seaside Shepherd: On Orford Ness in Feb

 

Andrew Capell with lambAndrew Capell is a Shepherd working for the National Trust at Orford Ness and other sites on the Suffolk coast.  Andrew has been looking after sheep for over 30 years and he currently cares for the flock of over 100 as well as working with the sheep to maximise habitat conservation on the Ness, Europe's largest vegetated shingle spit...................

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Beach Holidays – the Wild Days way!

Soar Mill Cove, Devon :: wilddaysconservation.org

‘This is the beach
where the flip flops come
at the end of their
flip flop trip.

And where does a
flip flop trip begin?’

(from Flip Flotsam, by Elspeth Murray)

Flip-flops, Lego, plastic ducks: unlikely subjects for scientific research but surprisingly, excellent ingredients for the perfect beach holiday! All of these have played a part in increasing our understanding of the workings of ocean currents; a few interesting facts:

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The grey squirrel – our most seen and controversial garden visitor

The latest results from the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, their yearly ‘what’s in your garden’ survey, show that nearly three-quarters (72%) of people in the UK see the grey squirrel in their gardens at least once a month and 91% had seen them at one time.  This makes them the most commonly seen mammal in this country, an interesting position for a species that has only lived here for the last 150 years at most. Continue reading

First Out of the Mammal Traps

We’ve been having fun testing new species of live mammal traps this week. These traps are all designed for trapping of small mammal species, primarily mice and voles, and allow us to assess local populations and individuals before releasing the animals, well fed and unharmed, back into their natural environments.

Traps, bedding, food.

Traps, bedding, food.

The Longworth trap, with its reliable and effective aluminium construction has long been the undisputed standard for small mammal survey, but there are several other types available. Continue reading