Invertebrate survey

Posted by Michael Williams - MCIEEM BSc (Hons) on 11/06/2014

As a teenager I used to hear older naturalists comment frequently that there used to be a lot more glow-worms back in their day. Nowadays I find myself saying the same thing.

Alongside the footpaths, back lanes and disused railway lines of north Devon I would often pass the green glow of the females in the grassland and low scrub.

Posted by Michael Williams on 29/10/2013

Five years ago this month, on an otherwise mundane day in the ecology lab at the University of Bristol identifying money spiders, smaller ground beetles and other invertebrates, I was informed by two undergraduates that they had found three “fat” black beetles in their pitfall traps in Bristol. Several species came to mind, including churchyard beetles, bloody-nosed beetles and some of the larger ground beetles such as the violet ground beetle.

Posted by Michael Williams on 10/01/2013

Ecological surveys can often require specialist knowledge, however when it comes to invertebrate surveys there is often so much to consider. Rare invertebrates are not restricted to nature reserves and they frequently crop up during ecological surveys on all kinds of sites.  With a growing number of species added to the Wildlife and Countryside Act, UK Biodiversity Action Plans and Red Data Books, and with authorities beginning to realise the importance of invertebrate site assessments, you need to ensure that you can deal with the growing demand for them.

Posted by Michael Williams on 7/01/2013

Ecosulis entered a staged tender process and was appointed through the Framework for CSM SSSI Invertebrate Assemblage Assessments by Natural England to undertake condition assessment for invertebrate assemblages as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) features across 27 SSSIs around the UK. The contract commenced in April 2012 and is currently ongoing.

Posted by Michael Williams on 22/11/2012

Ecosulis has completed surveys on behalf of Natural England on SSSI's across the country, having undertaken surveys on 27 SSSI's, predominatly in the south of England, but also in the north-east and north-west. We are currently undertaking identification of species recorded and preparing reports.