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  • A privileged peek into the hidden world of greater horseshoe bats

    16th November 2020

    It’s 3am on a Monday morning in June 2019 and I’m perched on a box in the cold dark of a small room, grateful for the many items of branded clothing I’d been issued with when I joined Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT). I’m wearing them all now… and still I’m cold. I’m also struggling to Read More

  • Back on the trail of pine martens in northern England

    16th November 2020

    Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, VWT’s Back from the Brink (BftB) Pine Marten Project is facilitating and monitoring the natural recovery of the pine marten as it moves over the border from Scotland into northern England. Working with volunteers, landowners and land managers, we are surveying woodlands in Northumberland and Cumbria to collect information on Read More

  • VWT and the Irish Environmental Network

    27th July 2020

    VWT in Ireland undertakes what you might call a soul-searching exercise in the first quarter of every year. This has nothing to do with setting New Year’s resolutions but relates to our completing an annual application form to join the Irish Environmental Network (IEN). The IEN is an umbrella network that supports Irish environmental NGOs Read More

  • The impact of traffic noise on bat activity

    14th July 2020

    We are well aware that driving our cars around, perhaps in pre Covid-19 times, can have negative effects on the environment by increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reducing air quality, and increasing the likelihood of pollution in waterways; all of which can have significant effects on human health, but what about Read More

  • The ‘bear’ necessities: collating and using evidence in mammal conservation

    29th June 2020

    As conservationists, we often have to make important decisions in our work about what management actions to undertake – from putting up nest boxes to total habitat restoration. To do this correctly, we need to gather a wealth of information such as local site conditions, resource and policy constraints, and any past experience. We also Read More

  • Can genetics help us uncover the secret life of Bechstein’s bats?

    1st June 2020

    It is well known that bats are unique amongst mammals. Their ability to fly has allowed them to establish themselves in most continents and habitats, with the exception of Antarctica. Bats have also evolved a distinctive ability among land mammals to use echolocation as a tool for orientation. Both adaptations have allowed them to take Read More

  • PhD Student Blog – A team effort: searching for the elusive barbastelle

    20th May 2020

    Last year, I started my PhD at Sussex University in collaboration with Vincent Wildlife Trust, to study one of Britain’s rarest mammals, the barbastelle. Considered to be ‘near threatened’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, as well as being an Annex II species (meaning it has special areas of conservation designated to Read More

  • The Irish Stoat and the Mostela

    7th May 2020

    I was just a few weeks into my Master’s degree in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology at Queen’s University Belfast when we were advised to start thinking about our work placement for the following summer. After class, I decided to call Kate McAney, Head of Conservation Development for Vincent Wildlife Trust in Ireland, to see Read More

  • A new vision for the critically endangered European mink

    27th January 2020

    VWT has been working with partners in Spain to trial innovative methods of detecting the presence of European mink, a critically endangered mammal. “I’m learning to think like a European mink!” I call out to Harry, who is close by on the river bank. We are on the banks of the Rio Ebro in northern Read More

  • About the excitement of a Lesser Horseshoe bat call – volunteer blog

    17th May 2019

    What has got me standing here, placing nets on the ground to collect Lesser Horseshoe bat droppings in a maternity roost on a mid-summer night? Fair question…   Back to early 2017. Freshly arrived from France, I had decided to move to Galway out of the blue to find a job in ecology/nature conservation/animal protection. Read More