Palmate newt

Ep22 – Newts

Neil and guest host herpetologist Steve Allain discuss the UK’s Newt species. They talk about smooth, palmate and great crested newts, their habits, feeding and breeding and also look at the non native alpine and Italian crested newts, and neotony that sometimes occurs in UK species. In news they look at the pollution spill kills…

mole

Ep9 UK Wildlife Podcast – Moles

The main topic is the mole Neil mentions and excellent toad surveying session and Vic discusses Frog and toad spawn appearing.In news discuss a fishery owner killing an otter (and actually being jailed) and the badger cull being ‘phased out’ (or not). Above image of mole by Didier Descouens CC BY-SA 4.0 Podcast: Play in new…

A British Endemic: Perlodes mortoni – Orange-striped Stonefly

When up in the Cairngorms last March I carried out some stream sampling with my net. Among the cranefly larvae with scary looking jaws and the Clinging Mayfly Nymphs, were some impressive looking large stonefly larvae. They were identified by Craig Macadam (Buglife’s Conservation Director) as Perlodes mortoni, the Orange-striped Stonefly. Until recently it was…