“In my first couple of weeks, I have already undertaken great crested newt Habitat Suitability Index assessments of all the ponds for one project and was even given the responsibility of teaching another new colleague the process,” comments Shona. “I have also seen a barn owl pellet, performed a reptile check, where we saw a few common lizards, and performed my first great crested newt survey. The late night was worth it, as we got to see several smooth newts and a population of over 40 great crested newts in a school’s pond!”
The small pond where the ecology team saw more than 40 great crested newts
“I have just returned from a three-day jaunt to Pembrokeshire, where I performed my first bat activity surveys alongside RSK consultant ecologist Nick Mason,” continues Shona. “During the first dusk survey at Milford Haven, we saw some common pipistrelles, so I wanted to detect a different species during the second survey. Lo and behold, we detected soprano pipistrelles in Pembroke Docks. Unfortunately, the next morning, during my first dawn survey, we didn’t detect any bats and had to deal with the fact that, although we were about at four in the morning, the bats weren’t!”
“I can’t believe how busy I have been since I started at RSK and I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing what other experiences will come my way. Perhaps electrofishing with the aquatic ecology team?
“Everyone has been so welcoming and keen to share their knowledge and help me to get loads of brilliant experience,” concludes Shona. “I was already out laying reptile felts on my second day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!”
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