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Vertebrates

The ECN Vertebrates protocol (B)
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Site types that use this protocol

Terrestrial

It is recognised that different organisms are likely to 'filter' the environment in different ways and that, to provide relevant data, an environmental monitoring programme should, ideally, focus on a range of organisms, eg endotherms as well as ectotherms, and organisms with different generation times (Whittaker 1990). These are many wild, breeding vertebrates in the UK which could be included in this range of organisms and whose populations are likely to be affected by changes in climate, land use and pollution. 

The Vertebrates protocol consists of the following:

  • Bats (BA): Mapping of species and behaviour on transects  | More...
  • Birds protocols (BB, BC, BM): Annual counts by species using UK British Trust for Ornithology methodologies  | More...
  • Frogs (BF): Monitoring spawn development and pond environment  | More...
  • Rabbits and Deer (BU): Dropping counts on transects  | More...

Our field activities

SEPTEMBER

This is the last of the busy months in terms of field work at terrestrial sites as the season for monitoring butterflies, frogs, grazing animals and bats draws to an end. In rivers and lakes we sample diatoms for the third time in the year. The usual year-round measurements are also made.

See all this month's field measurements...

Loch Neagh