The day started out with meeting Richard Grimmett, from bird life international, and Nigel Symes, from the RSPB. Once we were all together, we commenced a tour round the Hyde receptor site highlighting our process in how we chose our sample sites. Whilst out on the site, some notable species were spotted including many Graylings, the Dartford warbler, the Woodlark, and the Heath Bee-fly.
After the tour, we were joined by Georgina Watkins for a virtual presentation on the progress of the project, what we are doing to gather data, and what we intend to do with our findings. This was then followed by a slew of questions which got into some of the more finer details of the project, leading to many a long discussion about how the findings can be applied to quarries but also on the wider management of heathlands across the UK.