Jon Cranfield

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the record pool online reporting in the UK

In Adders, great crested newts, Observations, Wildlife on October 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm

the network of amphibian and reptile groups in the uk have been recording and reporting the presence and relative abundance of the reptiles and amphibians they see on their surveys. The technology has moved forwards the use of mobile devices and online reporting. The desk top version of the sighting card is demonstrated in the following YouTube video.


Nevendon progress and sightings

In Adders, mitigation, Observations, Wildlife on April 29, 2012 at 8:40 am

News has come in from our nature reserve in Wickford, Essex.

The rain was most welcome over the last few weeks. The washland has flooded well over the footpath creating a large temporary wetland while at the same time preventing flooding of Wickford.

The first count of the newts was a cracking 95 out of the six newt ponds. The estimated population being possibly 900 to 1800.

All the pondlets or very small ponds have refilled and we are looking forward to the invertebrate surveys this summer especially these very temporary pools.

The reptiles are starting to show with grass snakes, slow-worms and lizards in small numbers. No adders have been spotted so far though. Trying not too worry too much about that this but it may well be a symptom of the result of translating such animals. We are will report further on this in due course.

The newt area has produced 4 grey partridge – a cock and three hens. Really pleasing that a BAP species seems to be doing well on this mitigation site.

Photos to follow soon


In Adders, ecosystems, mitigation, Observations, Wildlife on March 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I am going to have to reveal what I know about this reptile translocation scheme. The title is the hash tag I have used highlighting the concerns over this project and what it means for conserving reptiles in the UK.

I will be highlighting the concerns of herpetologists on the RAUK Forum and details of what EARG has managed to find out about the project. First I want to highlight people to the guidance which the consultants are claiming to follow:-

English Nature 2004 – Aims of a reptile mitigation strategy

Planning fordevelopment andmitigationPlanning must incorporate two aims where reptiles are present:

1  To protect reptiles from any harm that might arise during the development work;

2  To ensure that sufficient quality,quantity and connectivity of habitatis provided to accommodate thereptile population, either on-site orat an alternative site, with no net loss of local reptile conservation status.

The latest standing advice for planning departments by Natural England – published on the web

Chawton Park Woods – photos

In Adders, Observations, Wildlife on March 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Just a couple of photos while out looking for adders. Just taking shots of the inverts which were around this day.

I did manage to find a male adder. I have some more photos from the Cornwall trip – pied blackbird, toads, spawn – including albino frog spawn and those excellent tin streaming ponds….

Adders still not emerged….

In Adders, Observations on February 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Went out to my local woodland to find adders – still no sign of adders….hopefully soon