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Ecoscope visit to Saighton Primary school

Last week we visited Saighton Primary school to speak to the students about wildlife and development. After a brief presentation and a demonstration of bat echolocation with two students dressed as a bat and a moth (!) the students had the opportunity to get close to a rescued Pipistrelle and Noctule bat.  The students asked some very pertinent questions and it was great to speak to such an interested bunch. All children seem to have an inbuilt interest in nature, the challenge is to nurture and feed that interest to propagate the next generation of ecologically minded...

Yellow Rattle on highways project

Yellow Rattle is a native wildflower that helps to suppress grass growth by tapping into the grass roots and stealing nutrients and water.  This has a positive impact on the growth of delicate wildflowers which would otherwise be smothered by the grasses.  With our solution based approach Ecoscope Ltd. had been involved in establishing yellow rattle on a number of highway verges. The benefits are two fold. As the grass growth is suppressed there is a reduced requirement for highway verge cutting meaning less disruption, less fuel and less cost.  In addition the presence of Yellow Rattle and the associated increase in botanical diversity is good news for our declining pollinators and wildflower conservation.  See below for a photograph of a trial introduction...

Wildflower meadow success

In nine months we have turned an area of bare, poor quality subsoil into a species rich meadow! Click the picture below to see a film of the meadow we created as part of a mitigation project for a client. This field was sown in October 2014, the film was made in June 2015. Watch out for the bee six seconds...

Ecoscope Ecologist on BBC Spring watch 2015!

Our mammal specialist Peter Oakenfull appeared on spring watch 2015 this week – click on Peter below to watch the four minute clip about  the life of the venomous Water Shrew! Peter manages the data collection for all our ecology projects in the South-east....