Thursday 10 October 6pm – 8pm
Join us for a talk and bat walk. Liz Ferrell from the Bat Conservation Trust will be showing us IR camera footage to help tell us more about our amazing species of bat found in Scotland. This will be followed by a bat walk around Kelvingrove park. Bring a torch if you have one and come prepared for the weather. Bat detectors will be provided. Pin badges will be on sale for £1 each.
Saturday, September 21st, 1pm to 4pm.
For the first event of the semester we’re going to be hosting a litter pick at Kelvingrove Park in support of Keep Scotland Beautiful ‘s Week of Action. We’ll also be hosting a potluck picnic afterwards in the park for a chance for everyone to meet the committee and other members of the society before lectures start!!
The Upstream Battle Campaign on #MarineLitter aims to encourage everyone across the Clyde River catchment to understand the pathway of litter to the ocean, and to take action to prevent litter ending up in the sea.
80% of all marine litter comes from land, where litter is washed into gutters, blown into streams or discarded. This means that litter in our streets and parks is not only costly to clean up but is a threat to the marine environment. With 12.7 tonnes of litter and plastic reaching our oceans each year, the solution is prevention. That’s why we’re joining the Upstream Battle campaign to remind everyone that we need to stop litter at source.
There are also opportunities for individuals, community groups, schools and businesses to get involved, with activities including awareness raising, taking action by doing a litter survey and
clean up or taking part in the Eco-Schools linked activities.
For more information, please visit: http://ow.ly/z1b750vw8ns
Facebook event is here if you would like to join it.
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 courts 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!
On the 11th of Feb, we had an interesting talk on ‘The Conservation Value and Vulnerability of Amphibian Communities along a Tropical Altitudnal Gradient‘ 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!