Welcome to the Bristol Zoological Society’s first ‘Blog from the field’. During the coming weeks, months (and years) we’ll be sending out snippets of information on what our field teams and partners are currently up to in both the UK and overseas. Hope you enjoy them! Neil Maddison, Head of Conservation Programmes, Bristol Zoological Society.
The Avon Invasive Weeds Forum (AIWF) has been granted over £13,000 through SITA Trust - following an application submitted by the Bristol Zoological Society - to control invasive weeds within the River Avon, which threaten both plant and animal species. The River Avon and its major tributaries is one of the most important river systems in the UK, supporting internationally and nationally important habitats and species. The Avon is rich in biodiversity with over 180 species of river plant, one of the most diverse fish populations in Britain and a wide range of river invertebrates.
The triplets were born on the 12th September to Babushka. The triplets are her twelfth litter, making her a very experienced mother to handle her demanding new brood. Meerkats most commonly have between one and five pups per litter, but three or four pups is average. The triplets are currently too young to be sexed so are yet to be named. At just over two week’s old, the babies weigh just 40grams.
Western lowland gorilla Namoki is getting ready to bid Bristol Zoo farewell, before she moves to Belfast Zoo, where they hope she will start her own family. At nine years old, Namoki is mature enough to have babies of her own. As she is related to the male gorillas at Bristol Zoo, the time has come for her to move on and be introduced to another gorilla family.
Bristol Zoological Society will be rowing for conservation in the Sue Ryder Dragon Boat Race this Sunday (14th September). The Society’s directors and other staff members will be donning animal costumes and taking to the water for the annual Bristol boat race.
The People’s Plant Collection, a Bristol project, is gearing up for a chance to win £120,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund to help communities transform their area through Grow Wild, a UK mass participation programme. The ‘People’s Plant Collection’ aims to bring a flowerbed of colour to the Cumberland Piazza and transform it into a vibrant greenscape for wild flowers to grow. It will also provide the Bristol community with some of the UK’s rarest native plants to be displayed via ‘pop up’ gardens, which will emerge around the city, illuminating grey areas.
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