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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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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Amphibians of SF Bay Area Workshop
Dec02

Amphibians of SF Bay Area Workshop

Two weeks after working in Sonoma County (See Sonoma County Herping) I was back for a workshop. I attended the two-day¬†Amphibians of the San Francisco Bay Area Workshop hosted by the¬†Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. The first day was spent discussing sixteen amphibian species that occur in the SF Bay Area (see Table 1). We went over how to identify each species, the habitats they’re found in, and their ranges. Not all of the...

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