We've had various site meetings with airport project supervisors for habitat assessments along some new infrastructure...
Westfield Stream diversion
Grass Snake habitat enhancements
We've been catching ups with our biodiversity partners, plus Gatwick's two Biodiversity Action Plans have now been updated to 2017...
There has been continued reduction of the invasive plant species Himalayan Balsam, with thanks to Tom Simpson's volunteers and JSA Group, Gatwick's ground maintenance contractors...
Gatwick Airport staff volunteers
JSA Group operative Lauren
I recently spent a few days airside with trainee airport operatives on a birdstrike course, run by Birdstrike Management Ltd. It focused on airside bird identification and the prevention of collisions with aircraft...
Airside and Gatwick's Control Tower
Group exercises in bird identification
There have been regular check ups on our thriving Gatsbees colonies and sample collecting for the Sentinel Apiary Project...
Gill checks the health of a newly collected swarm
I also visited the nearby National Trust site at Leith Hill, to learn about the bird ringing and monitoring carried out by lead ranger Sam Bayley.
Tree Pipit, waiting for it's new bling
The coded language of bird ringers
We've had bat surveys coming out of our ears with Laurie and Martyn on our sites...
Twilight along the River Mole
Bats ∞ infinity
And finally (the bit I like best), biological recording on our sites with a fantastic bunch of volunteers...
Back of the net
A Hoverfly - Sphaerophoria scripta
(I.D. by Ryan Mitchell)
Ryan and Elliott collect materials for a new bee hotel
Original bee hotel - currently occupied by male Leafcutter Bees
Brown Hairstreak Butterfly - Thecla betulae
Assessing newt habitat suitability (Helen, Elliott & Me)
Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperator
Wasp Spider - Argiope bruennichi
(Photo by Elliott Lloyd)
Dormouse box checks
Small mammal identification: Yellow-necked Mouse - Apodemus flavicollis
Brown Argus Butterfly - Aricia agestis