Author Archives: Chris Foster

About Chris Foster

I am a Teaching Associate and PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences. My main interests are in birds and insects, but in the good old-fashioned spirit of natural history I try to keep an open mind and open eyes.

Current Issues in Conservation: Week 1

Yesterday we eased into the Current Issues in Conservation module (part of the MSc Wildlife Management and Conservation) gently with some ‘small’ questions: what is conservation, who does it and how does it work?! There was a genuinely light ice-breaker … Continue reading

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Meon Shore Trip, 6th November

Originally published as https://consideringbirds.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/look-closer The strip of mud and shingle between the shore and the concrete sea wall is almost as grey as the rough sea beyond and the bleak skies above. A drab day with deadening light. Somebody has stolen … Continue reading

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Bucklebury Common MSc Fieldtrip

Jo Munting reports from our latest MSc field trip, to Bucklebury Common in West Berkshire.  Another Tuesday, another field trip – this time to help with restoring heathland on some of Bucklebury common. Bucklebury common is one of the largest … Continue reading

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Combe Hill 29/09/15

Chloe Stephenson fills us in on the first MSc trip of the term: On the 29th of September, our group started the ‘Survey Skills and Species Identification’ MSc at the University of Reading. The MSc consists of a group of … Continue reading

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Pagham Harbour 13/10/15

Our third MSc field excursion of the autumn term was to Pagham Harbour near Chichester in Sussex, a coastal nature reserve managed by the RSPB since 2012. The large tidal harbour is the focus of the site, its mudflats and marshes playing … Continue reading

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Landscape Ecology Research

Congratulations are due to CWAC PhD student Jess Neumann, whose paper “The compositional and configurational heterogeneity of matrix habitats shape woodland carabid communities in wooded-agricultural landscapes” was published today in the Journal of Landscape Ecology. Supervised by Dr. Graham Holloway in … Continue reading

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Woodland Invertebrate Research

It’s the start of another field season, and I’ve been busily helping some of our MSc students get started with their projects as well as launching into another phase of data collection for my PhD. With the aid of two … Continue reading

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My First Crestie

Our second MSc research / placement blog comes from Species Identification and Survey Skills student Lindsay Stronge, who is spending the summer working with RSK.  My first assignment for RSK was a Great Crested Newt translocation at a large site comprising 20 … Continue reading

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MSc Projects & Placements

The School of Biological Sciences here at the University of Reading runs two MSc courses broadly within wildlife conservation and ecology: MSc Wildlife Management & Conservation and MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills (which has a special focus on ecological … Continue reading

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Anthrenus angustefasciatus: A species new to Britain!

ORIGINALLY POSTED JUNE 5TH 2014 I’m in the second year of fieldwork for a PhD project looking at novel sampling methods for landscape ecology. One of the methods we’re assessing involves hand searching for beetles and bugs on flowering umbellifers … Continue reading

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