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Recent Surveying

Recent Surveying

There aren’t any survey training dates planned at the moment, as we have now entered the breeding season for many animals out there, particularly our amphibians and reptiles. We’ll still be keeping our eyes peeled for any amphibian and reptile activity though, so remember if you do spot anything out on your travels record it on our Dragon Finder App, and if you’re quick enough to get a snap, why not send us your pics @froglifers.

 


Tottenham Marshes Reptile Surveying (17/04/16)

We were very lucky to be given a room in the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, so we took full advantage of the projector, tea, and biscuits, and had a thorough look through our reptile surveying presentation. After consuming a copious amount of tea, we drove out to Tottenham Marshes and had a look under the survey mats that we put out a month ago. Unfortunately we didn’t see any reptiles or amphibians under the mats, but we did see loads of invertebrates and a smooth newt in one of the nearby ponds!

Figure 3: Tottenham Marshes Reptile Surveying; Checking around the Pond

Figure 4: Tottenham Marshes Reptile Surveying; Checking around the Pond


Yeading Brook Reptile Surveying (14/04/16)

14 people came along to this training event, armed with lots of excellent questions about amphibians, reptiles and surveying practices. We found 5 slow-worms under an old mat that had been left out for a few years, which was great as it means that they are in the area, even though we didn’t find any under our mats! (We won’t take offence, they just obviously haven’t found our brand new, lovely refugia!

 

Figure 3: Left- Volunteers learning about Reptile Identification. (Photo Credit: Alison Shipley) Right- Slow-worms found under an old survey mat (Photo Credit: Kristy Duncan)

Figure 3: Left- Volunteers learning about Reptile Identification (Photo Credit: Alison Shipley). Right- Slow-worms found under an old survey mat (Photo Credit: Kristy Duncan)


Exchange Lands Reptile Surveying (09/04/16)

It was a perfect day for surveying and we had 13 people turn up for the training. After discussing what animals you’re likely to find on this site, we went for a walk around the site looking under some mats that where put out 2 weeks prior to the session. No amphibians or reptiles found on this visit, but there was an abundance of invertebrates about, which will be fantastic to attract both reptiles and amphibians. We talked a lot about grass snakes as Exchange Lands is known to be a breeding site for them, and hopefully later in the year we’ll come across some!

Yeading Brook Collage

Figure 2: Exchange Lands reptile surveying; trainee herpetologists looking under mats!


Hampstead Cemetery Reptile Surveying (05/04/16)

We had a group of 10 come along to this surveying training session at a lovely site used by The Conservation Volunteers Green Gym group. Unfortunately for the enthusiastic new herpetologists all the reptiles remained hidden, probably due to the cold weather, but they were able to find a few brightly coloured plastic reptiles and amphibians placed by our ecologist to show them exactly where they will find these creatures when it warms up a bit! Overall, the session went really well with everyone feeling confident in their identification skills of the common species of reptiles and amphibians in Britain, and looking forward to checking the mats later in the spring when they might find more animals!

Figure 1: Hampstead Cemetery Reptile Training Session (Photo Credit: Katie Garrett)

Figure 1: Hampstead Cemetery Reptile Training Session (Photo Credit: Katie Garrett)