Previous Talks

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Seal Centre Pieterburen talk from Margarita Mendez about rehabilitating and releasing seals
Sea Shepherd talk – we learnt about the astounding lengths this organisation goes to to protect our marine life
We learnt about E.S. Russell – Glasgow graduate and pioneer of fisheries managementy
Ian Cowgill spoke on on the History of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory
Glasgow University graduates spoke about the career paths they are on now!
Megan gave a talk on her experience volunteering with Archelon, a Greek turtle rehab NGO.
Love the Oceans are a marine conservation organisation in Jangamo Bay, Mozambique.
Gus gave a great talk on realities of working as a field ecologist and how you can put yourself in a position to work in that field in the future!
A vet from the Seal Centre Pieterburen in the Netherlands gave a talk on talk on seal rehabilitation.
Scottish Badgers gave another great talk about badgers. There are volunteering opportunities!
The UofG Hedgehog Friendly Campus Group gave a great talk on how we can help make our campus more hedgehog friendly!
We had six final year students present their advice for Honours Porjects in our second annual ‘Meet The Fourth Years’ talk
Volunteering opportunities with our friends at FrogLife
Dr Jill MacKay talk – a lecturer at Edinburgh University in Veterinary Science speaking about her journey and animal behaviour
APP Primodomus talk from Jolien Geens about the rescuing big cats and primates
RZSS talk on helping Scotland’s species outside of the zoo
Love the Oceans – this group support communities in sustaining their oceans
Saving the Wildcats talk – how this organisation aims to prevent the extinction of the Wildcat
We heard from the team at Wildlife Aid to discuss their mission and some amazing rescues
We teamed up with GUBeekeeping for this talk with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
The Marine Dynamics Academy offer internships in South Africa working with the “Marin
e Big 5″
Vets Go Wild promoting their Ikhala Vet Clinic and opportunities for wildlife research
Internship opportunities at LoveTheOceans, plus a ZooSoc discount!
Beavers are back in Britain!
Dr Daniel Streicker works at UofG IBAHCM and started the Streicker Group for his research into a rabies vaccine in vampire batss
Scottish Badgers gave us an amazing talk about their conservation work across Scotland, thanks to GUSeaSoc for co-hosting!
Dr Luke Powell’s DNA meta-barcoding research with the Biodiversity Initiative and the UofG IBAHCM

Liz Ferrell with the Bat Conservation Trust giving our annual ‘Bat Walk and Talk’

Dr Jill MacKay

Dr Jill MacKay is lecturer at Edinburgh University in Veterinary Science. She did her PhD in animal behaviour after doing her undergraduate Zoology degree at the University of Glasgow. She has published a book called Animal Personality: The Science Behind Individual Variation which is a very interesting read.

She spoke of her university journey and how she ended up where she is now. She gave a lot of very interesting information on animal behaviour and methodology.

Seal Centre Pieterbuen

This talk was from Margarita Mendez at Seal Centre Pieterburen. The seal centre is a wildlife rehabilitation hospital that deals mainly with common seals and grey seals. We heard about some of their research and how they use photo ID to identify seals returning to the Dollard area.

APP Primodomus talk

We heard from Jolien Geens about the amazing work APP does in rescuing big cats and primates from illegal trafficking, exploitation and private possession. These animals have often endured horrific conditions and therefore have to undergo intensive care and rehabilitation in the APP sanctuaries. During their time there, the organisation works to provide a range of different enrichments to keep them stimulated.

More recently, the organisation has faced a demand to rescue animals from Ukraine due to the war. One such lion was rescued from private possession where he had faced being kept in a small enclosure and in close contact with bombings. These rescues are therefore so important to save the animals!

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland talk

The RZSS don’t just work with animals in the zoo and highland wildlife park, they are currently involved in 3 major conservation projects: wildcats, beavers, and pine hoverflies.

In this talk we heard from Dr Helen Taylor about the amazing work this organisation is doing involving both beavers and the often under-appreciated pine hoverflies! This small species is critically endangered within the UK but the RZSS are working hard to breed and release them back into the wild.

Love the Oceans

Francesca Trotman spoke to us about the multi-pronged approach this organisation uses to help the communities in Mozambique to protect their own oceans in order to save the large and diverse marine life population. They use research and education with the ultimate goal of helping this community create a Marine Protected Area to protect the endangered species.

Sea Shepherd talk

John Harris, a regional volunteer coordinator from Sea Shepherd, talked to the society about the work of this amazing organisation. Sea Shepherd go to extraordinary lengths in order to protect marine wildlife from harm. They focus on all marine life – big or small – and seemingly will stop at nothing to help them. Sea Shepherd works all over the world, focusing on different projects at each location. We heard about how the team will intervene with the culling of whales and other marine life – putting their own lives at risk by bringing their boats between whales and cullers. An incredible organisation!

Saving the Wildcats talk

Saving Wildcats is a project dedicated to the conservation of the Scottish wildcat. We heard from the team about all the amazing work they do as well as learning more about the fascinating wildcats!

We heard about this project which aims to prevent the extinction of wildcats in Scotland via breeding and release into the wild. The team also aims to remove threats facing wildcats in areas across Scotland to allow for continued reintroductions of the fascinating species. With at least 22 wildcats about to be reintroduced it is more important than ever that their habitat can support them. Saving Wildcats hopes that if so, more and more can be reintroduced!

Wildlife Aid talk

Wildlife Aid is an animal charity established in Surrey, and has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing British wildlife over the past 40 years. They deal with an incredible number of patients each year including hedgehogs, foxes, badgers, and more. We heard all about their work and some amazing rescues carried out over the years. From dear caught in fences to foxes in tyres, the team work tirelessly to ensure no animal will be left to suffer. Simon is at the core of Wildlife Aid and we loved hearing from him and about the journey that began Wildlife Aid.

If you would like to donate to the centre please see the donation link below:

Roger Downie & Robin Bruce: E.S. Russell – Glasgow graduate, pioneer of fisheries management and philosopher of biology

Our first in-person regular meeting since before the pandemic had a historical topic. E.S. Russell was a Glasgow University-educated biologist who worked as a government fisheries scientist for 36 years. He made a major contribution to understanding how to make fishing sustainable, but he also had wide-ranging interests across the whole of biology, encompassing animal form, development, behaviour, heredity, evolution and biodiversity. Roger Downie summarised Russell’s life and achievements, and then focused on the context of his education at the University of Glasgow in the first decade of the 20th century.

Fair Isle Bird Observatory: Ian Cowgill on the History of Ornithology on the Isle

This talk delved into the ongoings of the bird observatory on the small inhabited island of Fair Isle situated off the coast of Shetland.
Ian is a Fair Isle Bird observatory trustee and he discussed the Bird observatory’s history and the work in which they do on the island including the seabird and migrant census in which they carry out. He also spoke about the history of the wildlife on the isle and told us us about its ornithological pioneers.

Graduates talk

It’s always good to hear what career paths a Zoology degree can lead you on! We heard from a variety of Glasgow University graduates: a data analytics apprentice at the BBC, a PhD student studying courtship and mate choice in birds of paradise, a grad working within an ecological consultancy, an Education Officer with Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and a MSc student, returning to academia after being a seasonal ranger and research coordinator. If you missed it the recording is available in our newsletter!

Turtle research and rehab – Volunteering with ARCHELON

We hope you all enjoyed our first talk of the semester! Megan spoke about her experience volunteering with Archelon, a Greek NGO that provides nest monitoring and rehab for injured turtles. Megan got to spend time in Crete, helping with the NGO’s activities and gaining some very valuable experience. If you missed the talk but still want to find out how you can spend the summer protecting and rehabilitating turtles in Greece you can access the talk recording here:…/ad4oRQcxkQOsEpwTIItzoDsKeh…
You can apply to become a volunteer through this link:

RSPB Opportunities: Interning in the Flow Country

25th November at 6pm

Our previous president Amelia discussed her experience with RSPB residential internships, peatlands and restoration work. Her work in the flow country has involved rare bird, invertebrate and plant surveys as well as looking at peat depth and invasive species removal! In addition to her peatland work Amelia recently spoke at the COP26 conference in several presentations and panels representing RSPB and the youth voice in discussions. She also gave advice on applying to RSPB internships, volunteering and working within the organisation. If you’s like to reach out to Amelia for more information, you can contact her through the ZooSoc commitee.

Topic: Love The Oceans / Glasgow University Talk

Thursday Nov 18, 2021 6-7PM

Love the Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation supporting work in Jangamo Bay, Mozambique. Jangamo, whilst home to a huge host of marine life, has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time. Love The Oceans is supporting the community to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and humpback whales. They use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. Their ultimate goal is to support the community in establishing a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, achieving higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species. 

They have developed marine conservation expeditions that give individuals the chance to get hands on conservation experience, working alongside marine biologists doing research, community work and diving in Mozambique!

Ecological Consultancy: Who, What, Where, Why?

Thursday Nov 11th, 2021, 6-7pm

We had a talk from the field ecologist Gus Routledge, who shared his experience in working in rare habitats, surveying for disappearing species and his passion for rewilding. Gus explained about his role as a field ecologist, his pathway into the job and how you can put yourself in the best possible position to be employed within this competitive field! As well as sharing highlights from all the charismatic species and amazing places he has worked in. We learned more about ecology and had a chance to think about ways that we can connect and help nature!

Seal Centre Pieterburen

Thursday Oct 21st, 2021, 6-7pm

We had a great talk from Seal Centre Pieterburen – a seal hospital and rehabilitation centre in the Netherlands with over 50 years experience in seal rehabilitation. It was an opportunity to learn more about seal ecology and animal rehabilitation. The centre also offers internships and volunteering positions in their sealcare department, the veterinary and science departments or with their education team, which may be of particular interest to our Vet members! If you are interested in an internship, please contact Martha, our Social Convenor and she will give you contact information. Here is some extra info:




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Scottish Badgers Talk

Thursday Oct 14th, 2021, 6-7pm

The Greater Glasgow branch of Scottish Badgers gave a fabulous talk on the state of badgers in Scotland! Badgers, a member of the mustelid family, are Britain’s largest land predator! They are nocturnal animals, rarely seen as they spend majority of time in underground setts (burrows) in family groups. Scottish Badgers spoke about the ecology of badgers, the issues they faceand the work they do in research and conservation. The organisation also provides excellent volunteering opportunities; you can learn survey techniques, assist in badger research and help prevent badger persecution and crime.

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Hedgehog Friendly Campus Talk

Thursday, 7th october 2021

The UofG Hedgehog Friendly Campus Group gave a great talk on the importance of hedgehogs, the changes the group has made to campus to make it more hedgehog friendly and how you can get involved. They have worked hard over the last year towards achieving a certification from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. All the hard work paid of and the University of Glasgow was awarded the Bronze award!! It would be great if we can keep the bronze, or maybe even advance to a silver award, and to do that the Hedgehog Group needs your help! To learn more about the project watch this video. To learn more about the UofG Hedgehog Friendly Campus, click here. You can also follow the UofG Hedgehog Friendly Campus Group on their facebook page. You can email to be added to the Glasgow University microsoft teams channel for quick updates about hedgehog friendly campus and to become part of the GU team!

Meet The 4th Years

Thursday, 12th March 2020

Last year we held our first Meet The 4th Years talk and it was very popular. We heard presentations from several final year students who had taken a range of different paths through their 4th year studies. Each gave a basic run down of their Honours Project and how they came to be involved in their topic. What our lower year members in the audience valued most though was the advice that was given to students who will conduct their Honours research in the future.

It was great to hear some ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of Honours project logistics from people who have experienced first hand how complex yet rewarding your final year project can be. We had such a geeat variety of talks – highlighting just how broad you can be with your title in order to be able to truly research something you’re interested in.

This year we had talks from six students;

Megan Oversby – Our ZooSoc President spoke about her summer-term project that was undertaken on expedition to Guyana. “Influences of sociality on ectoparasitism; the fitness impacts on host bats in the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, Guyana”

Paddy O’Donnell – Paddy carried out a term-time lab-based project in the labs in the Graham Kerr Building on campus. “Does pre-natal stress decreased spatial learning and memory abilities in Atlantic salmon?”

Caitlin Hayes – Our next talk was a more unusual route for a final year project. Caitlin had a dry-project, meaning there was no lab work or data collection. Instead she was looking at computer modelling of disease transmission and risk factors using a data set collected by her supervisor. “Modelling Infection Dynamics of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Among Infants in a Tanzanian Hospital Ward”

Abbie Thomson – Abbie carried out a self-organised summer-term project on the island of Jersey. She had contacts at the site she worked at from family holidays as a child. “The behavioural consequences of flock mixing in a captive flock of Chilean flamingos at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.”

Jess Young – Jess originally planned to carry out her summer-term project on expedition in Sri Lanka. Unofrtunately due to last minute unforseen circumstances regarding a travel ban to the country, Jess had to quickly rearrange her project for Scotland. Jess was looking into “The Effect of Sewage Effluent on Microplastic Abundance and Type on the West Coast of Scotland”

Rachel Mawer – Rachel successfully applied for a place on the MSci programme and spent a year between her third and fourth year of studies working in Oban with Scottish National Heritage project was: “Reproductive timing of the flapper skate”. Rachel returned to UofG to complete her final year of studies, and carried out a data analysis based term-time Honours project, titled; “Habitat preferences of greylag geese around the Prespa Lakes, Greece”.


Thursday, 13th February 2020

ZooSoc has a long standing connection to FrogLife, having hosted the amphibian conservation organisation for talks to our members for many years in the past. Froglife is a national wildlife conservation charity concerned with the conservation of the UK’s amphibian and reptile species and their associated habitats.

We were lucky to have Louise pop down from her regular post up in the Graham Kerr Building to tell us all about the fantastic work of FrogLife and all the great volunteerting opportunities they have for our members to get involved in. Their ‘Toads on Roads’ campaign sees volunteers monitor a stretch of road that toads have to cross to reach their breeding pond in the spring.Migration can run from as early as January to as late as April and will include going out in the evenings in wet conditions.

The common toad is no longer common. Following a severe reduction in suitable habitat and high mortality on roads, this otherworldly but endearing species has declined in the UK by 68% in the last 30 years. If this continues, we could lose all our Common Toads by 2030. Enter the Wildlife Tunnel – tunnels built under our roads to help amphibians and reptiles cross them safely. Fast becoming a viable option to aid our ailing wildlife, there are currently too few of these structures in the UK. We need to start linking important habitats together and reduce the negative impacts our urban infrastructure is having on our precious British wildlife. Wildlife tunnels are the best, most cost-effective route to take.

Vampire Bats – Daniel Streicker

thursday, 6th february 2020

Vampire bat ecology and behaviour: the challenge and the solution for managing rabies in Latin America.

Vampire bats have a remarkable array of behavioural and physiological traits that allow them to survive exclusively on a diet of blood. However, their blood feeding habit also makes these bats exceptional transmitters of infectious diseases including rabies virus, which is an important threat to human and animal health in the Neotropics. Current human responses to vampire bat-transmitted rabies focus on culling bats using poisons and vaccinating people and livestock in high risk areas, but both strategies have drawbacks. This talk discussed why understanding vampire bat ecology and life history is crucial to anticipate and manage disease transmission and how in the future it may become possible to leverage bat behaviour to implement novel strategies to control rabies in wild bat populations using self-spreading vaccines.

Daniel uses ecology and evolution to reveal, anticipate and prevent infectious disease transmission between species. His research uses a range of approaches including longitudinal field studies in wild bats, phylodynamics, machine learning, metagenomics, and epidemiological modeling.

The Streicker Group looks at the way pathogens are transmitted between species, with the aim of better understanding the ecological and evolutionary factors that will allow us to prevent disease in the future. Their findings answer fundamental scientific questions as well having real-world implications for public health, agriculture and wildlife conservation.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

thursday, 20th January 2020

We teamed up with GUBeekeeping for this talk. Miranda from Bumblebee Conservation spoke about Bumblebee ecology, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and her own research after completing her PhD in Bumblebee and Pollinator Ecology.

The talk focused on bumblebee pollinator communities and aid conservation. Miranda’s main research interests are developing network tools to aid conservation, and creating bridges between science, policy and land management.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. In the last 80 years, the UK bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically.

Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. BCT has a vision for a different future in which our communities and countryside are rich in bumblebees and colourful flowers, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy. A growing number of committed supporters are helping their small team of staff make a big difference. BCT has over 10,000 members and are growing fast.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is always looking for new volunteers and they have many ways in which you can help out, from working directly with them, to even providing them with some citizen science data from your usual walks and strolls through the countryside. We know lots of our final year zoology students at UofG carry out their Honours Projects on bees in Scotland. BCT also has a newsletter called ‘Buzzword’ for all your latest bee-related news, and if you want to get in touch with Miranda about publishing your bee research in their newsletter then give us a message at and we’ll put you in touch! Click below to head to their website for more info.

Scottish Badgers

Monday, 20th january 2020

We were very lucky to kick off our second semester with a very niformative talk from Scottish Badgers. We co-hosted this talk with GUSeaSoc, who established a link with Scottish Badgers last year.

Scottish Badgers brings together individuals and groups from across Scotland to promote the study, conservation and protection of Scotland’s badgers, their setts and natural habitats. They seek to encourage tolerance and appreciation of badgers by offering information, advice and guidance to all.

We had a very well attended event, everyone was excited to see the props the organisation brought along. Unfortunately, badger crime is on the rise and its gruesome outcomes are not exclusive to badgers. Dogs and foxes are also seriously injured as a result of hunting, and wildlife habitat is compromised as a result. Badger baiting is strictly prohibited, but if you see signs of poaching you can call 101 (if its happened) or 999 (if its happening). Examples include sett gassing, blocking entrances, sett digging and snares.

We were joined in our audience by Benjamin Coulson, a writer for the Glasgow Guardian. Ben wrote an amazing article about our event and the work both ZooSoc and SeaSoc do as student societies raising awareness and insight into environemntal and conservation issues. You can read the article below!

UofG animal societies raise awareness of badger protection

Marine Dynamics Academy

MOnday, 4th November 2019

The Marine Dynamics Academy came to Glasgow to give us a talk on the internships and project placements they offer for marine enthusiasts and student. Marine Dynamics Academy is based in Gansbaai (South Africa) home to the “Marine Big 5” and great white shark capital of the world. They aim to foster the next generation of oceanic researchers, conservationists and educators. The “Marine Big 5” consists of sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and penguins. At Gansbaai, South Africa there is the opportunity to work with all of these incredible animals!

  • Great white sharks
  • Southern Right Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Cape fur seals
  • African penguins

The programme consists of theoretical and practical training modules led by experts in their field. Modules include great white shark tagging and tracking, data collection, environmental monitoring, photographic ID, mark recapture, photography, seabird rehabilitation, marine animal lectures, statistical training, bird surveys and diving.

The Marine Dynamics Academy utilises ecotourism to further marine research and conservation goals. The overriding goal of the Marine Dynamics Academy, is to give people who love the marine environment a chance to immerse themselves within it, developing skills and experiences which they can use to enhance their own careers and life goals. They offer a series of initiatives which are informed and continuously updated by the feedback we receive from our Alumni, Academic Institutes and our various commercial partners.

Each program has been designed to ensure that regardless of who you are and where you’re from, they can help turn your passion for the marine environment into measurable, employable skills and knowledge. They educate 35000 visitors every year and help change negative perceptions of the often-misunderstood white shark. Daily observational data by our onboard marine biologists is crucial to the scientific research objectives. Throughout their operation, Marine Dynamics Academy continually identify gaps in marine conservation knowledge, education and awareness in our area. As a volunteer or intern, you play a critical role, helping us do this invaluable work and protecting the Dyer Island ecosystem and the marine world off the Cape coast, for many years to come.

The Birds, The Bees and The Chocolate Trees

thursday, 24th October 2019

This week we had a talk from Luke Powell. He discussed the cutting-edge DNA sequencing that can benefit African farmers and rainforest biodiversity.

Humans destroy the equivalent of one Ireland-sized swath of tropical rainforest every year—mostly due to expansion of agriculture. Cocoa, which fuels the multi-billion dollar chocolate market, is grown in tropical rainforest—mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa on small, family owned farms. African farmers typically cannot afford pesticides, so they rely nature for pest insect removal, but neither farmers nor scientists know which birds and bats provide this service.

However, in a technological breakthrough, cutting edge new genetics techniques now allow us to sequence the bits of insect and plant DNA left in birds and bat faeces. This then allows us to map thousands of species in the food web—including shade trees and important pest insects.

In partnership with INDEFOR-AP, the government agency responsible for Protected Area management in Equatorial Guinea, Luke and his Biodiversity Initiative group deploy camera traps in vulnerable areas to stop illegal logging and study wildlife.

Vets Go Wild – Ikhala Vet Clinic

Thursday, 17th October 2019

Slightly different to our usual talk themes – we had a very interesting talk from Vets Go Wild about their 16-day module at the Ikhala Vet Clinic in South Africe. The module provides a field based wildlife veterinary management programme for veterinary students with an interest and passion for wildlife. The experience is both adventurous and educational with the main emphasis been on academic training and practical experience.

Love The Oceans

Monday, 14th October 2019

Love the Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Jangamo Bay, Mozambique since 2014. Jangamo, whilst home to a huge host of marine life, has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time. Love the Oceans was founded to protect vulnerable marine animals in Mozambique through a bottom-up, community-led approach

Love The Oceans is working to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. LTO uses research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. Their ultimate goal is to establish a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, achieving higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species. 

Love The Oceans was founded by marine biologist Francesca Trotman. Francesca studied Marine Biology at University of Southampton. In 2013, during her second year at university, Francesca took an internship in Mozambique and witnessed her first shark killing in Jangamo. Francesca decided she wanted to investigate the sustainability of the shark finning industry in Mozambique, and returned to university to find a supervisor and research assistants to help her. In 2014 Francesca returned for 4 months with 3 research assistants to collect data on the artisanal fisheries for her Masters’ dissertation, focussing specifically on the elasmobranch (shark and ray) fisheries.

Francesca came to talk to our ZooSoc members about the incredible work of Love The Oceans. She highlighted the importance of combining scientific research and community outreach in order to provide a skillset to the local community that will offer them wider opportunities for employment in the future.

Love The Oceans has developed cutting edge, ethical marine conservation programs that give individuals the chance to get hands on conservation experience, working alongside marine biologists doing research, community work and diving in Mozambique.


Love The Oceans has been passionate about including the community in our conservation strategy from the start. They delivered their first season of Marine Resource Management lessons to Guinjata School in 2015, and expanded to working with Paindane School in 2016.

Love The Oceans has successfully raised funds to maintain and improve existing classrooms, and build one new classroom at each of the schools every year. In 2016 the Community Outreach was expanded, adding Sea Safety and free swimming lessons: Guinjata Bay has a strong rip-current and has over the years experienced a high number of drownings. Love The Oceans hopes to prevent future drownings by improving in-water safety. Swimming lessons are crucial, not just to improve water safety, but also to encourage the children to get in the water and hopefully spark their passion for the Ocean. Adding swimming to their skillset also creates a new range of future job opportunities in ecotourism. The two newest additions to Love The Oceans’ Community Outreach are our Ocean Conservation Champion Program and Sustainable Livelihoods Program, pilots for both programs will be launched in 2019.

In 2019 Love The Oceans was recognised as 1 of 15 global grassroots #forcesforchange by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and received international recognition for their work.

If you would be interested in volunteering with Love The Oceans, check out their website below, and get in touch with ZooSoc via email as we have been given a 10% discount code for any ZooSoc member wishing to apply!

Bat Walk and Talk

Thursday, 10th october 2019

Liz Ferrell studied Zoology at UofG before going on to an amazing career with the Bat Conservation Trust. In the last few years we’ve been lucky enough to have Liz drop by and teach us all about the bats we find in Scotland and the rest of the UK. This year, Liz brought InfraRed camera equipment and some incredible footage of bats and the urban habitats they can find a home in.

Bats are fascinating animals – the only true flying mammal. There are over 1,300 species of bats in the world, and more are still being discovered. Bats account for more than a quarter of mammal species in the UK and around 20% of all mammal species worldwide.

The Bat Conservation Trust supports local bat groups across the UK and has over 6000 members. BCT work with volunteers, scientists, industry and government both locally and nationally on a range of projects. They generate scientific evidence to underpin bat conservation in the UK and further afield. Their vision is of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together.

Sadly, many bat species around the world are vulnerable or endangered due to factors ranging from loss and fragmentation of habitat, diminished food supply, destruction of roosts, disease and hunting or killing of bats.

In the UK, bat populations have declined considerably over the last century. Bats are still under threat from building and development work that affects roosts, loss of habitat, the severing of commuting routes by roads and threats in the home including cat attacks, flypaper and some chemical treatments of building materials. Other potential threats can include wind turbines and lighting if they are sited on key bat habitat on near roosts.

We tried to finish off the talk with a bat walk around Kelvingrove Park at dusk so our members can see bats for themselves, and use the detector equipment to locate and identify different species. This event was a huge success in 2018 but unfortunately the weather just wasn’t on our side this year, so we kept the talk firmly inside the Graham Kerr Building. Hopefully, we will continue our annual ‘Bat Walk and Talk’ tradition and we can’t wait to have Liz back to teach us even more about these marvelous little creatures.

Returning A Native: Beaver Restoration to Britain

Tuesday, September 17tH

Our friends at the Glasgow Natural History Society hosted a talk about the incredbile beaver. Roisin Campbell-Palmer spoke about the reintroduction of the adorable beaver to Scotland, and her work in their conservation.

Roisin Campbell-Palmer spoke at the Glasgow Natural History Society’s first event of the semester – the reintroduction of the beaver

This was the first GNHS event of the semester. ZooSoc is lucky to have a society wide membership with the GNHS. This collaberation gives our members access to some fascinating talks by incredible people.

As always, this was an opportunity to discover new interests, make connections with people and maybe try your hand at some volunteering!

Amazingly, we saw lots of new faces there and the representation of ZooSoc in the GNHS audience was great to see.

We can’t wait to see what fascinating talks GNHS hosts next year that will be shared with our members!