Monthly Archives: April 2014

UCC Swiftboxes

John O’Halloran gives us the background to the UCC swiftboxes at the School of BEES. Inspired by some photos taken by Derek Mooney in Azerbaijan of Swift nest boxes and the conservation status of this poorly known bird, we decided … Continue reading

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Algarve day 7- Project work By: Katie O’Donovan

So after six long days of work I’m about to set off on my final day in the Algarve, a total scorcher much to my delight. Today is the second day of our project work. The previous day was spent … Continue reading

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Algarve day 7: Project day 2 (by Michael Allshire)

Monday morning brought another sleep in and a second day of work in our project groups. I had chosen to join Dr. John Quinn with the bird study group. We had spent Sunday camped out at the edge of the … Continue reading

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Algarve day 6: Project day 1 (by Aaron Bowen)

Sunday saw us being split into different groups for projects, each led by a staff member who is an expert in their chosen field. Dr. John Quinn took his budding ornithologists for another bird practical.  Dr. Fidelma Butler ran a … Continue reading

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ALGARVE DAY 4: Monchique (by Ciara Beausang)

Saturday brought with it a change of scenery and an entirely new perspective on landscapes in the Algarve for 45 third year BEES students. We travelled from the sea at Alvor,  ascending the hills and mountains of Monchique, to Mt Foia at … Continue reading

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ALGARVE DAY 3: BIRD PRACTICAL AND FIDDLER CRAB (by Gavin Arneill)

  Today, the 4th of April, we returned to Salgados for the morning and thankfully had the first day of constant sun and high temperatures. There were two tasks for the morning so the group was split into two. The … Continue reading

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ALGARVE DAY 2: HABITAT MAPPING (by Enya O’Reilly)

I can’t remember the last time I checked the forecast so often willing the weather to change and luckily it did not disappoint. Within 2 hours of landing in the Salgados, the sun burst through the cloud leaving us with … Continue reading

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ALGARVE DAY 1: THE ROCKY SHORE (by Sammy Ball)

Hello, I’m Sammy, a third year Zoology student taking the AE3013 Ecology Field Course to the Algarve. For the second day of the module we went down to Armoreira Beach to study rocky shore ecology.  Everyone was trying to find … Continue reading

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