25 June 2012

CJS Focus on Wildlife

The latest CJS Focus in association with the Wildlife Trusts features wildlife. Running to 19 pages it includes fascinating articles from OPAL, the Deer Initiative and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. The Wildlife Trust's lead article gives a potted history of the organisation in celebration of their centenary this year. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation describe the state of the natterjack toad population in Britain today, the declines seen over the last 30 years and the efforts to conserve the species. On the flip side the Deer Initiative has written an article about how successful the deer is in the UK and the problems encountered by countryside sites of large numbers of the animals. National Insect week is celebrated every other year, this year it runs from 25 June to 1 July. A short summary is included in the Focus. SNH was kind enough to help us with an article about the Uist Hedgehogs, an unusual slant on an alien species. We carried an article about the Harlequin ladybird in our first Focus on Wildlife in 2007, we thought it was time for an update so UK Ladybird Survey have provided one. The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is an exciting initiative from the Natural History Museum which aims to create and inspire a new generation of nature-lovers by getting people to explore, study, enjoy and protect their local environment. They have provided an article about the value of citizen science. Andy Hay, RSPB's staff photographer has skated over the surface of wildlife photography; the law and photography's use in research projects. The right kit for working with wildlife is very important, Ron Bury discusses some of the equipment he uses when surveying for red squirrels and the Scottish wildcat. Finally wildlife conservation versus visitor engagement, can the two work together, the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT) describe how their reserves have been shaped by this dilemma. Read it all here