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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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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Immersed In The World Of The Crocodile
Dec19

Immersed In The World Of The Crocodile

This May from the 22nd to the 28th, I was extremely fortunate to have attended, all thanks to Professor Downs, the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) 24th working meeting at Kruger National Park in South Africa. For me to attend such a event the term “kid in a candy-shop” comes to mind. There are in total 23 species of crocodile worldwide (the west and central-southern populations of Nile crocodile are sometimes...

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Bel-Rea’s Top 25 Blogs
Dec08

Bel-Rea’s Top 25 Blogs

THW has been voted as one of Bel-Rea’s Top 25 Reptile and Amphibian Bloggers of 2016! We are super thrilled and honored to be listed among such awesome reptile/amphibian blogs like Life Is Short, But Snakes Are Long, Living Alongside Wildlife, Advocates for Snake Preservation, Save the Salamanders, and Amphibian Survival Alliance. Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology is one of the oldest and largest veterinary technician...

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