Birds in Bristol: House sparrow

The 2017 Big Garden Birdwatch was held at the beginning of this month. This annual survey gives a snapshot of our garden bird population and an idea of which species are doing well. This huge annual citizen science event allows scientists to tap the vast resources of...

Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Whether you have a hedgehog that visits your garden or if, sadly, your experience of this species is mainly as road traffic casualties, you may have noticed that sightings of hedgehogs are now very infrequent. Numbers of this prickly, small, species have declined...

Putting a Price on Ecosystem Services

There has been a lot of recent media coverage of the wide range of environmental factors that affect human health, including the urgent need to bring air pollution down to within legal limits and the effect of exposure to urban environments on mental health. The...

Protected species and development: Roman Snails

Recently our ecology team attended a training session at Bristol Zoo Gardens to learn how to handle and assess the health of snails.  An unusual choice for a training course? … well yes, but necessary for us as the ecology team are involved with a site in the...