Love The Oceans will host a talk on Thursday, October 29th at 8pm about getting involved with their organization!
Come join us to learn about getting involved with Love the Oceans! Love The Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique. We use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. We offer a cutting edge volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to work alongside our marine biologists and the local community helping with conservation and research. Volunteers gain experience through our research and community outreach over the space of 2 – 6 weeks (plus an optional extra week including 5 nights in the world famous Greater Kruger Natural Ecosystem!). As a volunteer, you form an essential part of our team. You will rotate around our principal activities of: – Fisheries data collection – Megafauna surveys – Coral reef surveys – Teaching and painting at the local schools – Teaching swimming lessons to local children and adults This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will not only give you hands on practical experience that you will not get elsewhere, but also a leg up in the world of conservation careers!
Don’t miss our zoom call today (24.9.20) at 7pm to answer any of your questions about all things zoological at Glasgow University! Join in for a chat with us, we will have postgrads, 4th years, 3rd years and more to answer any of your queries! we’re friendly, we promise.
This week we’re focusing on the Pine Hoverfly (Blera fallax) which is currently one of the rarest species in Scotland.
This hoverfly is a specialist of Caledonian pine forests, with the larvae aiding in breakdown of natural debris on the forest floor and adults acting as pollinators.
This species is critically endangered and the U.K. population is currently restricted to one site in the Cairngorms. The Pine Hoverfly is so rare that it has not been seen in the wild for 7 years!
The cause of their decline is thought to be lack of suitable habitat. As the Pine Hoverfly needs rotten Scots pine tree stumps more than 40cm in width for their larvae to develop. The huge decline in numbers has resulted in a collaborative conservation effort involving the Malloch Society, RSPB, Forestry and Land Scotland, SNH and RZSS. The RZSS Highland Wildlife Park has a conservation breeding program for the Pine Hoverfly and in a few years will hopefully be able to start reintroducing their individuals back into the wild!
The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey returns for its second year this autumn. Saving Scotlands Red Squirrels are calling on people all over Scotland to explore outdoors on the lookout for tufted ears and bushy tails between 21-27 September, during National Red Squirrel Week.
SSRS monitors squirrel populations all year round; but autumn remains a particularly rewarding time of year for squirrel-spotting. Squirrels are often more visible as they busily forage the autumn harvest in preparation for the winter ahead. Anyone can take part in the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey by reporting sightings of both red and grey squirrels throughout the week.
Each sighting creates a snapshot of the situation, helping the project understand how populations are changing over time and to decide where to focus its conservation efforts.
The Glasgow Natural History Society are hosting a talk tonight at 7pm on Honey-buzzards in Central Scotland!This talk describes a long-term study of Honey-buzzards in Central Scotland. It will cover their identification, breeding biology and annual incidence. A UK wide national survey for Honey-buzzards is planned for 2020-21, and this talk will encourage observers to contribute.
For anyone interested in attending over zoom, send us a message for further details!