The North East has a plethora of fantastic locations to see wildlife. Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland The Farne Islands, described by Sir David Attenborough as his favourite place in the UK to see 'magnificent nature', is host to seals, puffins, arctic terns, and over 100,000 seabirds. It's also one of the most prominent and important grey seal sites in England, with more than 2,000 pups born every autumn. As of 04/05/2021 the Farne Islands are closed to the public due to COVID-19. See when they are reopened & more information here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands Cragside, Northumberland A prime site for spotting the elusive deer in the grounds of a Victorian house, the first to be powered by hydroelectricity, once owned by Lord Armstrong. Cragside is best visited in Autumn when the trees in the surrounding woods start to shed their leaves, as this makes the deer easier to spot. For information on Cragside, visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside Allen Banks & Staward Gorge, Tyne Valley Staward Gorge, created by the River Allen, is home to the secretive otter even after the threat of extinction due to rive pollution in the 1960's. Now, they're back thriving with full legal protection, cleaner rivers and managed habitats. For information on Allen Banks & Staward Gorge, visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allen-banks-and-staward-gorge#Overview
A groundbreaking technology that is said to be able to recycle all forms of plastic waste is going to be pioneered in Teesside, soon to be the site of the world's first commercial-scale plant to use Mura Technology's "HydroPRS" (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) process. With over 100 million marine animals dying each year from plastic waste alone, this new technology is sure to have a hugely positive impact on the local area's wildlife and hopefully a similar impact throughout the country and further. The Teesside plant has begun construction and is expected to be operational in 2022, processing 80,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year. It is the first of a global project that will see one million tonnes of capacity in development worldwide by 2025.
A rare black (melanistic) jaguar has been caught on camera in Panama A video has been released earlier in March of a melanistic jaguar in front of a camera trap. This is only the second to be recorded on video throughout the four years monitoring the forest in the Mamoní Village in Panama. While the video is only 10 seconds long, the surprising roar of the jaguar can be heard as it walks across the frame. Melanism is a rare genetic variation that results in certain individuals having more melanin, which gives them the black colour. 'Black panther' is an alternate name for such individuals in jaguars and leopards.
The two beaver sisters were found without their family in Scotland, and have now been rehomed at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Natural England has provided the licensing to keep beavers at the sanctuary. A spokeswoman for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary said the beavers would make an "excellent addition" to the site and offer a chance for researchers to study their environmental impact. "The sanctuary's old otter enclosure has been repurposed and updated to create a new beaver nursery for the pair, where they will spend their first few months settling in, with the team keeping a close eye on their behaviour and eating habits," she said.
As we approach the end of a very strange year we can confirm that despite the impending three days of public holiday Naturally Wild staff are still busy. We continue to complete site surveys, site reports and our MD and one of the key ecologists are providing support and emergency our of hours cover for all clients. So other than 25/26 December & 1 January we are open for business. Graeme continues to complete a number of photographic projects and as a team we use this time to update internal systems ready for the 2021 season. Naturally Wild would like to take this opportunity to thank all clients for their help and assistance through this unusual year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
Naturally Wild staff have been on site near one of the UK's well known ancient monuments as part of pre-start works aimed at providing ecological and environmental information for this long term high profile project. We are working with our client to provide an innovative solution on a site with high profile protected species and a unique untried approach. Our ecologists are committed to team work to achieve the best possible scheme
The Naturally Wild team have been completing significant levels of rail survey works across various elements of work in the south and south west of England. Works have been completed under possession and on night times involving large teams of specialists each working on their own individual specialities but working as a team. The key on large multi-disciplinary projects is TEAM WORK
Despite us technically being outside the bat survey season we are still able to complete emergency or risk assessment surveys for bats. We have recently advised on a possible barn conversion where the issues of bats had been misunderstood by the client and we found one of our target buildings being occupied by a Lesser Horseshoe Bat. This will need 2021 surveys and a licence