A Party with the Nightjars

This week I managed to sacrifice a few too many hours sleep to come and see the Nightjars up at Nottingham. Thankfully, and as expected, the evening was worth every missing wink. It was an evening filled with chicks, churrs and a batman-esque fight between two very frisky males – an event that had to be…

Mimicking a Lab Rat

It is becoming more and more apparent in conservation that we need a good understanding of translocation biology, and my research is working on just that. This is the moving of individuals of a species either between populations in the wild or from captivity into wild populations to boost genetic diversity. Where isolated populations have depleted…

Dogs help conservation – really!?

For many people, particularly in my neck of the woods, hearing the words dog and conservation in the same sentence will translate to how dogs are destroying the wildlife, disrupting ground nesting birds or small mammals, and generally causing havoc around the countryside. Following this, it was quite novel and to be honest rather intriguing to…

Badgers, Bovine TB and Bad Scientific Practice

Bovine tuberculosis is a long-term epidemic in the South West of England that spreads fear across farmers as cattle are slaughtered to control the spread of the disease. With the potential of transmission from badgers to cattle or humans, the badger cull pilot scheme was launched in 2013, with an aim to reduce Bovine Tuberculosis in…

The Nightjar project, from the summer of 2015

As a third year student at The University of Nottingham, I have been studying the impact of human disturbance on the breeding of the European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus). In the summer of 2015 we surveyed the recreational trail usage in the forest, the wildlife abundance, and breeding success of the nightjar. The surveying of the…