Herpetofaunal Habitat Management in Cambridge
Feb14

Herpetofaunal Habitat Management in Cambridge

Winter is the time of year in the UK when most amphibian and reptile habitat management is done. This is the case for pond work if great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) are known to inhabit an area, in order to comply with legislation. In regards to the other species, winter is a good time to carry out work as you’re less likely to disturb them as they shouldn’t really be in the environment (in the case of ponds). As...

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Wildlife Friendly Gardening And Amphibians
Feb13

Wildlife Friendly Gardening And Amphibians

Conservation at home aiding a global protection initiative in your own garden. Unfortunately, most of us know of the impending doom amphibians seem to be facing. For those of us who maybe don’t, here is a sample of the doom which we as individuals can help change for them. Most experts in the field of amphibian conservation now agree that one of the major causes for amphibian decline globally is habitat loss. Urbanisation is...

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Kids Books
Feb06

Kids Books

Last year I was contacted by a representative¬†from Bearport Publishing¬†that wanted to know if I’d be willing to serve as a herpetological consultant on two of their kids books. Of course, I said yes. Bearport Publishing focuses “on topics that appeal to young readers, such as animals, sports heroes, and scary places.” I consulted on two books in their See Them Grow series that currently features six different...

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Newt Mortalities On An Urban Cycle Path
Jan18

Newt Mortalities On An Urban Cycle Path

Recently a paper I co-authored with a colleague was published in The Herpetological Bulletin, regarding smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) mortalities on an urban cycle path in central Cambridge. It’s well known that roads can be detrimental to amphibian populations due to collisions with cars but this is the first time that amphibian mortalities have been reported due to collisions with bicycles. I thought I’d take the...

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Point Reyes
Jan09

Point Reyes

Over the holidays, Brandon and I visited the Point Reyes area. This area is just north of San Francisco along the Pacific coast of California. While there we spent time hiking around the Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay State Park, Samuel P. Taylor State Park, and areas in the town of Bolinas (including a overwintering area for monarch butterflies). All the areas were gorgeous with stunning views and amazing wildlife.  ...

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Venom Day 2016
Dec30

Venom Day 2016

Recently it came to that time of year again that sees me travel from one side of the country to the other. On Friday 9th December, I traveled from Cambridge to Bangor in north-west Wales. Those of you whom will remember my post from last year will know I make this annual migration in order to attend Venom Day. The following day would be Venom Day 2016 and so I planned to arrive with time to spare. On that Friday night I also attended...

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