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Biodiversity Ecology

Winter Sounds: Unlocking the Secrets of Britain’s Birdsong with Bioacoustic Monitoring

As winter draws its frost-laden cloak over the British Isles, the bustling choruses of our wildlife neighbours don’t fall silent; they simply transform. This is the season when many migratory species arrive and territories are fiercely fought over to protect food sources and nesting grounds. Winter song In Britain, despite the drop in temperature, the […]

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Biodiversity Ecology

Biodiversity Monitoring in Urban Environments

Protecting Nature in Urban Spaces The urban landscape is often painted with a palette of concrete, steel, and glass. But even amidst these towering skyscrapers and bustling streets, there’s an undeniable need for the presence of nature. Integrating nature into urban environments isn’t just about aesthetics; it plays a pivotal role in the health, well-being, […]

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The Nature Business

It’s difficult to imagine a business that doesn’t have an impact or interface with nature. In the UK, a large proportion of land is used for agriculture – currently just above 70% [1]. It is one of the most farmed countries in the world. Nature and Farming are completely intertwined; agriculture puts direct pressure on […]

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Biodiversity

What is Acoustic Monitoring?

Over recent years, as technology continues to evolve, scientists have utilized innovative methods to monitor and study biodiversity. One of these emerging technologies is Acoustic Monitoring, an exciting, non-invasive approach that offers a fresh perspective on understanding our natural world. This technique uses sound as a primary data source, primarily focusing on wildlife such as […]

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Biodiversity Ecology

Complementing Traditional Survey Methodologies with Bioacoustic Monitoring

With new technology becoming more available as a tool for ecologists and landowners, here we discuss when is it best for acoustic / bioacoustic monitoring and traditional survey methodologies to play a role in our bird survey planning? Birds are fascinating species, and importantly also serve as indicator species due to their varied habitats, diets, […]

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Biodiversity

Revolutionising Agriculture: Harnessing Technology for Biodiversity Monitoring in Farmland Environments

Farmland environments play a significant role in the our biodiversity, particularly in supporting varied insect, bat and bird species. However, the shifts in agricultural practices over time have necessitated a comprehensive look at biodiversity trends, focusing primarily on bird populations and the implications of sustainable farming practices. Trends in Bird Populations Data from the British […]

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Ecology

The Science of the Dawn Chorus

In the pre-dawn twilight, a wild symphony comes to life. A crescendo of harmonious notes floats through the air, composing the magnificent soundscape we know as the dawn chorus. This natural phenomenon is not merely an aesthetic marvel but also an invaluable scientific resource. By diving into the intricacies of the dawn chorus, we can […]

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Wildlife Monitoring Tools and Tips for Your Garden

As British gardening enthusiasts, we know the pleasure of watching our gardens flourish. However, it’s not just about beautifully blooming roses or perfectly pruned topiaries; it’s about the thriving ecosystem that lies within our plots. The life that buzzes, flutters, and burrows around our cherished plants is as vital to the health of our gardens […]

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Why are Bird Surveys so important?

Birds species are not only some of our most vibrant and fascinating species that inhabit our shores, but also practical indicators to monitor biodiversity. This page discusses the importance of birds, and why you should build bird surveys into your biodiversity monitoring plans. Any changes to your land and vegetation will influence the type and […]

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Biodiversity Ecology

A walk in the woods: When to hear the birds sing

You may associate spring and early summer as the time to wake up early and enjoy the dawn chorus. Between March and July some of our feathered friends kickstart the early morning with song to defend their territories and attract a mate. However, there is plenty of song all-year round to enjoy, and from late […]