Scottish Dragons: Pete Minting presenting some of the fantastic work being done in Scotland on Great Crested Newts. (Photo Steven Allian)
Zoology

Herpetofauna Workers Meeting 2018

February 15, 2018 0

Every year, just like their amphibian counterparts, the herpetologists of the UK prepare themselves for their annual migration in early-mid February. Around 200 students, academics, practitioners and other such people attend the Herpetofauna Workers Meeting. […]

The ash-back slug Limax cinereoniger is the largest slug on Earth and reaches a maximum body length of 20cm. The one pictured above is perhaps less than half of its potential size. Irish populations are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ to extinction under IUCN assessment criteria [5], with declines attributed to forestry practices. (Photo: Aidan O’Hanlon©)
Conservation

Defending the small and slimy

February 7, 2018 0

The worrying decline of many of Earths charismatic vertebrates has been reasonably well documented and highlighted by the popular media. Ecologists are acutely aware of the plight of beautiful animals such as polar bears, dolphins, […]