My name is Sarah Heydon and I am a final year undergraduate student at Cardiff University, studying the science of Zoology. Over the last month, I have been working at Parc Slip Nature Reserve, Tondu in order to collect the necessary data for my dissertation, which is titled: "The effect of capture and handling in small mammals: does choice of trap affect collected data?” This data collection has entailed overnight trapping sessions with early morning checking and processing periods, two nights a week for the last month.
So far, I have seen a high number of wood mice and bank voles in my chosen trapping area, along one of Parc Slip’s many nature trail paths, which is far more than could be expected at this time of the year and so is fantastic at raising my sample size.
My dissertation’s data collection would not have been possible without the permission and help of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. They have supported me throughout my dissertation by providing information related to my topic, helping to collect data and also by providing a base for my colleague and I to rest in during trapping sessions.