Monthly Archives: March 2016

Talk Summary: David Dodd’s Bat Ecological Consultancy

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Last week, David Dodds came to tell us all about what it’s like to be an ecological consultant who specialises in bats!

So what do ecological consultants actually do?

  • Their main aim is to limit the damage done by people such as developers (the bad guys!), so what thet do isn’t really conservation – more like prevention!
  • They advise developers on things like wildlife laws, licenses for development, and moral obligations
  • Their jobs involve LOTS of fieldwork! They are always having to do wildlife surveys and research on behalf of their clients.
  • Unfortunately, this also means LOTS of report writing, which often end up in ctalkingourts of law.
  • A lot of teamwork is involved, working with people from lots of different ecological disciplines on one site, and there is lots of talking and careful planning!
  • Work can often be seasonal, especially if you work with bats!
  • Also often requires antisocial hours and lots of travelling to various sites
  • Most importantly – although we’re all here for our love of wildlife – ecological consultants have to be able to deal with people too! A LOT! It’s important in this job that you can talk to people and be able to influence their decisions!

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Talk Summary: Conservation of Tropical Amphibians

On the 11th of Feb, we had an interesting talk on ‘The Conservation Value and Vulnerability of Amphibian Communities along a Tropical Altitudnal GradientFROG by Jaime Villacampa who has spent a lot of time in tropical areas studying amphibians and their ecology – especially in Peru.

He started off by giving us a bit of background information on tropical amphibians!

  •  Of the ~7000 species of amphibians, around 600 of these are found in Peru!
  • The  Manu region of Peru – where Jaime conducted his research – is the most diverse area for amphibians in the world!!
  • Tropical areas are good for amphibians because of their huge variety of habitats!
  • Tropical areas are also, usually, very humid – this is perfect for amphibians as they need to keep their thin skin nice and moist!

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