Steve's Herpetological Blog

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Ecology

#SciFri: Herpetofauna Workers Meeting 2021

The Herpetofauna Workers Meeting (HWM) has been a staple event for herpetologists in the UK since the first event back in the 1980s. This year’s HWM (on the 6th and 7th February) was the 34th that have been held between…

#SciFri: Why you should create a garden pond

Since 1950, we’ve lost a vast number of ponds from the British landscape. Not only has development been increasing since this time to house our ever growing population, farmland ponds have also disappeared. The farm landscape used to be dotted…

#SciFri: The wonders of dissecting owl pellets

Did you know that many birds such as owls produce pellets? Pellets are formed of all of the indigestible material they’ve consumed such as bones, teeth, feathers and fur. This is then compacted in the gizzard and regurgitated as a…

#StevesLibrary: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Many of you will have a passion that satisfies your inner six year-old, something that captivated you as a child and continues to do so to this day. For me, that passion is dinosaurs. As a child I always wanted…

#StevesLibrary: Alien Places

This week’s review is for a book that I’m happy to bet you haven’t heard of, yet I highly recommend it. Alien Places by Atul Kumar in my eyes is unique among the books I own. My library is heavily…

Visiting the Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Whilst visiting Dunedin for the World Congress of Herpetology, I was lucky enough to have visited the Orokonui Ecosanctuary. As you can probably guess by the name, it ecological wildlife reserve that has been developed by the Otago Natural History…

#StevesLibrary: Where Do Camels Belong?

Some of you will be aware that I have recently returned from the World Congress of Herpetology, held at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. I shall be blogging about my adventures on the other side of the…

#StevesLibrary: What Nature Does for Britain

As promised on Instagram, here is the post you’ve all been waiting for! With Brexit looming, I thought it would be a good idea to learn more about the ecosystem services that take place on our doorstep. It’s also important…

#SciFri: Using ImageJ to work out canopy cover

Sorry for the lack of a #SciFri blog post over the past month or so, I’ve been busy with fieldwork and a few other things! I was intending to post this a short while ago but I’ve had to tease…

#StevesLibrary: The Future of Life

Those of you that read this blog regularly will know that I have a soft spot for Edward O. Wilson, one of the grandfathers of modern ecology. I’d previously read his earlier book The Diversity of Life whilst carrying out…