Saturday, 30 December 2017

Biodiversity Gatwick 2017: Highlights and lowlights

Highlight: Volunteer cleanup crews

With the increased awareness of our biodiversity areas, even more airport staff are getting involved with looking after our sites.

The Surface Transport Team helping clean up around our ponds


Lowlight: Endless fly tipping...

And the help is hugely appreciated, due to the endless flow of rubbish...

Ikea Orange Wardrobe: €5

Broken trampoline: -£2

...and the dog poo.

Priceless

Highlight: Another group of fantastic ecology volunteers getting stuck in with the project 


We are achieving more every survey season , we cannot thank you all enough.

Roxanne and Kajayini from Royal Holloway University




Our regular Gatwick Greenspace volunteers Luke and Jason

Lowlight: Saying our goodbyes at the end of the survey season. 


Who's going to help us eat all the cake now?

Highlight: Bats galore!


In September we recorded 7 different species in one night, including this lovely Soprano Pipistrelle

Lowlight: Bird fleas galore!


Possibly Ceratophyllus gallinae. I can confirm they itch like hell.


Highlight: An exciting new bird species stopping off at the airport; the endangered Turtle Dove



Lowlight: But not a single Gatwick Dormouse turned up in a box this year!


It looks like everything except a Dormouse used this box


Highlight: Our site is becoming even more secure, with the arrival of our very own biodiversity container!





Lowlight: Things getting a little too secure


Locked in at work on a Friday night


Highlight: Some lovely footage on trail cameras...



Weasel (Mustela nivalis) at the Gatwick Stream

Lowlight: Forgetting where you've put your trail cameras.


Hmm, camera 1, camera 2, camera 3, camera 4...

Doh! Camera 5, somewhere out in the field

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, hope you can get outdoors in a window of good weather!