We are sharing footage of some CEH science projects in action, giving you a first-hand insight into the range of integrated research we undertake across terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and the atmosphere.
Monitoring kestrel behaviour
Our nest box at Wallingford in Oxfordshire offers a glimpse into the breeding behaviour of a pair of kestrels (Falco tinnunculus). Regular updates on the 2016 season can be viewed here.
Kestrels in 2015
We were lucky to be visited by a pair of breeding Kestrels at our Wallingford, Oxfordshire site in spring 2015. Laying occurred in late April to early May (five eggs in total), hatching began on 27 May and all chicks hatched by 29 May. Unfortunately all chicks subsequently died before fledging. View a playlist of videos from the nest cam:
Kestrel numbers have declined since the 1970s and the species is included on the Amber List. CEH researchers, led by Professor Richard Shore, run a long-term national monitoring programme that is investigating contaminant levels across a range of predatory bird species (including Kestrels) across Britain. Find out more about the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme.
The video below is a model simulation of the leaf area of vegetation from 1986-2011. These kinds of models play a critical role in predicting how vegetation will respond to climate change, for as vegetation grows and dies back over the seasons, carbon levels in the atmosphere fall and rise with it. This particular clip is simulated by the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES), which is the land-surface component of the UK Earth system modelling project.
CEH works with partners on this model to better understand the carbon cycle, and so to create better predictions of future vegetation response to climate change. The work will feed in to the next IPCC report and influence policy both nationally and internationally. Read more about our research on biosphere-atmosphere interactions.
Isle of May seabird monitoring
Our time-lapse camera recorded activity at a site on the Isle of May during May and June 2015. A number of species can be spotted (and not just seabirds!). We study birds on the Isle of May as part of our long-term seabird population ecology research.
CEH lakes monitoring
Our lake ecologists come across a variety of microscopic organisms during their sampling and long-term monitoring work. Our video below offers a peek into this often beautiful microscopic world.
CEH science project footage
We are sharing some of the interesting footage of our environmental monitoring and experimental projects. These include:
- KesCam – webcam footage of nesting kestrels at our Wallingford site
- Wildflower meadow time lapse – see a pollinator-friendly seed mix come into bloom. Such mixes have been used by CEH ecologists, led by Professor Richard Pywell, on commercial farms to assess the effectiveness of future and existing agri-environmental practices and policies in enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem function.
- Puffin cam – take an intimate look at a nesting pair on the Isle of May, off the east coast of Scotland. These birds are being studied as part of CEH Seabird population ecology work.
- Phenology studies – time lapse footage of bluebell flowering and hazel tree greening at Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire, which forms part of CEH’s Environmental Change Network. Phenology is the study of regularly occurring biological events and can provide early warning of changes to our environment. Termed "Nature’s calendar", phenology is the study of regularly occurring biological events and can provide early warning of changes to our environment.