It’s been a busy time these last few weeks. After a few months of quiet planning, we’re starting to gear up for the autumn migration of eels. There’ll be lots of activity: from planning the minutiae of travel plans, to catching and measuring silver eels as they leave rivers, to tagging and tracking work.
For me, field-work is one of the hardest but most enjoyable aspects of biology. It is sometimes very easy to lose touch with the reality of what we, as biologists, do by only looking at numbers on spreadsheets or words on a page when we analyse and write our results up. So field-work can really re-awaken the excitement and enthusiasm that got us into this career in the first place.