More important, though, the adder is an “indicator species”. Its very presence demonstrates a healthy countryside with “bio-diversity” – simply because it needs a mixture of habitat and a variety of prey species to survive (including mice, voles, frogs, lizards and young birds). If the adder is in trouble, the rest of nature is, too.
Calumma Ecological Services is a Kent-based ecological consultancy, which offers a range of services specialising in reptile and newt surveys and mitigation, protected species and biodiversity risk assessments and general wildlife surveys including advice on biodiversity and development. The company works with a variety of clients from many different backgrounds and industries such as housing developers, local district councils, public utility companies, educational establishments and conservation organisations. It also offers survey work and mitigation advice to individual members of the public who may unexpectedly encounter protected species issues whilst engaged in small planning applications.
As principal ecologist for Calumma Ecological Services, I am able to put my interest in reptiles and amphibians to good effect. Like most folks that work with wildlife, my activities extend beyond just 'the job' and I am also involved with several local conservation groups. Being the county recorder for reptiles and amphibians in Kent certainly helps me to fill in those spare moments when I'm not busy with the kids!
Calumma Ecological Services is a Kent based ecological consultancy that specialises in protected species surveys and habitat assessments.
Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group
For more information about Kent's reptiles and amphibians visit the Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group's website.
Submit a Record Have you seen a frog in your garden pond? Better yet an adder while out walking?! If you would like to let KRAG know about an amphibian or reptile observation, please complete the online recording card.
Recording Diary KRAG organises a full programme of events throughout the year. For more details about forthcoming attractions, visit the KRAG web site.
Old Blog Posts Still Available Archived posts in the old blog are still available - and will be for ever if I don't work out how to import them into this new site!
Amphibian and Reptile Group of South Lancashire
For more information about the reptiles and amphibians found in Lancashire, visit the ARGSL website.