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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 26/02/2015

Rewilding is an increasingly popular concept which involves restoring large areas back to their natural state, and the reintroduction of species that have recently been extinct. A recent study in the Velebit Mountains, located close to a Rewilding Europe site, has indicated that rewiding is welcomed by local communities.

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: beaver | bison | ecotourism | lynx | people and biodiversity | rewilding

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Posted by: Frances Bennett on 05/02/2015

For the 2015 survey season Ecosulis have plans to provide eDNA testing of ponds for presence and absence of Great Crested Newts. eDNA, or environmental DNA, testing is ideal for developers with a long lead time on projects who are looking to scope out potential great crested newt populations and give full consideration to ecological requirements within the scheme, particularly those with multiple ponds. 

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: eDNA | Great Crested Newt | great crested newt conservation | great crested newt survey

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 30/01/2015

There is an increasing optimism throughout Europe with the concept of rewilding that can benefit people as well as biodiversity. With an approval from Natural England to release beavers into the wild in England, this exciting approach takes a significant step forward. 

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: Aquatic Habitats | biodiversity | Biodiversity offsetting | European Protected Species | habitat restoration | rewilding

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Posted by: Michael Williams - MCIEEM BSc (Hons) on 20/01/2015

Recent research shows that Europe’s four large carnivore species – wolves, brown bear, lynxes and wolverines – can co-exist with humans.

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: biodiversity valuation | large carnivores | rewilding

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 20/01/2015

Ecosulis attended the 2015 Oxford University Biosymposium which focused on the functions and values of biodiversity. The symposium presented several viewpoints on this topic, from biologists to chemists and economists, to deliver a holistic viewpoint of the role of biodiversity. In addition, lively debates followed on how to use information and viewpoints to conserve and improve biodiversity. The key message that I have taken from the symposium is that we have a lot of viewpoints and data from a range of projects and that still too many disciplines are operating in silos. However, there is now an urgency to establish a way to implement these ideals to make a difference to our biodiversity, because we cannot live without nature and therefore it is right to value it. 

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: Biodiversity Indicators | Biodiversity Measurement | Biodiversity Quality Calculator | BQC | Ecological Functions | Ecosystem Services

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Posted by: Dr Alan Feest PhD CEco FCIWEM MIEEM PGCE on 29/10/2014

Alan Feest joined the second plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which has the aim of assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: Biodiversity Indicators | Biodiversity Measurement | Ecosystem Services | rewilding

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Posted by: Michael Williams - MCIEEM BSc (Hons) on 28/10/2014

With news of further reintroduction sites around the country, is it possible that the Large Blue will once again be found in the “hills near Bath”? 

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: butterfly biodiversity | butterfly conservation | butterfly survey | rewilding

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 10/10/2014

Everyone knows that fresh air is good for you, and escaping to wide open green spaces or the coast has health benefits. A recent study by the Institute of Health Equality highlights the growing evidence that green spaces benefit our health and wellbeing.

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: Green Infrastructure | Green Space | Greenspace | human health | wellbeing

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 03/10/2014

Cain Blythe at Ecosulis recently visited the Tarcu Mountains, Romania, to find out about rewilding habitats, in search of the Wisent (European Bison).

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: Biodiversity Indicators | Biodiversity Measurement | Cain Blythe | rewilding

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 22/04/2014

Ecosulis donates 500 dormouse survey tubes to Somerset Wildlife Trust and Somerset Mammal Group to enable the assessment of the connectivity of dormouse habitats throughout the county. 

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: Dormice | Dormouse | dormouse surveys | ecological consultancy | ecological contracting | habitat creation | species recovery programme

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