Hedgehog Surveying at Brack

28th September, 2016

During a cold evening in late September, a group of shivering (from excitement of course! …and a little from the cold) ConSoc members made their way down to the Brackenhurst campus carpark to meet up with Dr Richard Yarnell, a lecturer at the University and a hedgehog intellect, to hear about hedgehog surveying…

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Journey up to the Scottish Highlands

28th June 2016

The next adventure began with an early start leaving brack at 5am and…hang on…where is James? Ring ring… ring ring…. “Hello?” “James are you coming?” “Yes why?” “We were meant to leave 5 minutes ago!” “…oh no”… An early start leaving brack and 5:30am and we were off! Off on the long long drive to Scotland. On the way we found a good 30 species of bird from the bus as well as a fox. After arriving in Scotland the first activity was a walk up a hill called Coire-n-eassan. Despite the rain it was a nice walk with plenty of wildlife, including osprey, roe deer and sparrow hawk as well as a possible small mountain ringlet butterfly. The highlight of the walk was reaching the top of the hill and looking down on a rainbow. Then off to Loch of the Lowes, home of the famous osprey and red squirrel. .

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Two day trip to the East Coast

13th June 2016

Early Saturday morning, we started the drive down to Norfolk and although bird watching was on the agenda, most of the travellers were too tired to notice the curlew Simon spotted. Our first stop was The Wash Nature Reserve; the location at which last year’s ConSoc trip saw a seal! Sadly, no seals were seen here this year, but instead meadow pipits and plenty of oystercatchers. After a short wander, we went to Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve hoping to see the elusive bearded tit. Having arrived, we had a quick look around the visitor centre and then set off with binoculars in hand and cameras on standby! Straight away we found a nice little pond with reed bunting, reed warblers and long tailed tit.

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