Welcome Entry

I’m Tom and I am currently undertaking my dissertation studying Zoology.

I have a wide interest in biodiversity, and would much like to incorporate that into a future career, so I see this blog as a major stepping stone in that regard. Also, I think that this blog will be a great opportunity to undertake in wildlife surveying, another field I am interested in following.
For my dissertation, I am hoping to undertake bird surveys across campus and two other similar sized areas of woodland around Reading – Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve in Earley and the High Wood near Bulmershe – in order to see if Whiteknights campus has a large bird species richness compared to other wooded areas, and therefore comment to see if the Whiteknights wood is a good ecosystem or habitat. I hope to post my results from the bird surveys on here, and also some blog entries about the interesting or unusual bird species which I find on campus or around Reading.

Furthermore, I will hope to be researching which blogging style is most received by readers of the blog, depending on the language used in the blog entries. Therefore I will be posting two blogs which have the same content, but in two different blogging styles, in order to analyse which one is most well received by readers.

I hope you find my blog interesting!

Thank you

About Thomas Whitlock

I'm a third student at the University of Reading, currently studied for a degree in Zoology. I have a wide interest in biodiversity, most notably British wildlife. I have an especial interest in British mammals and birds. I hope to become a wildlife cameraman or photographer after I graduate, and I feel that blogging will be a key component of any future job in Zoology. This is my first blog, so please be kind!
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2 Responses to Welcome Entry

  1. This sound excellent nodoubt you will find some interesting species on campus and the local area. Are you doing this by sightings alone or their calls also? The results will be interesting as the woodlands around the local area have very similar conditions and nearby habitats that also influence the woodland i.e. edge effects etc. What the campus woodland lacks in some areas however, compared with your other sites is woodland understory biodiversity i.e. ancient woodland indicator species and is also majorly effected by Small Balsam (Impatiens paviflora).

  2. Thomas Whitlock says:

    Thank you Justin!
    I plan on doing sounds as well as sightings, as I think I will probably hear more than I see!
    If anyone does spot any birds in the campus woodland that I haven’t mentioned, please note them down for me on here. They are most welcome!

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