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Posted by: Ecosulis Consulting Team on 03/02/2016

The Third Edition of the Bat Conservation Trust Good Practice Guidelines (sponsored by Ecosulis) have just been released. Here is an overview of what you need to know, and how it may affect your upcoming projects.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Bat Conservation Trust | bat licence | Bat Low Impact Licence | bat mitigation | bat surveys | Bats in trees | BS42020 | Core Sustenance Zones

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Posted by: Sarah Booley on 22/01/2016

Natural England and Woking Borough Council have launched a pilot scheme to explore whether a new system can be implemented to save developers cost and money whilst providing more comprehensive mitigation and compensation for great crested newts. 

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: GCN | Great Crested Newt | great crested newt conservation | great crested newt mitigation | great crested newt survey | Great Crested Newts | newt survey | Newt Surveys

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Posted by: Annie Hatt BSc (Hons) on 06/05/2016

Members of the Ecosulis Consulting Team are supporting Hedgehog Awareness Week, by promoting hedgehogs and encouraging others to do the same, showing you how easy it is to get involved! 

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: BHPS | British Hedgehog Preservation Society | ecological consultancy | Ecological Consultant | ecological consultants | ecological consulting | Hedgehog | Hedgehog Awareness Week

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Posted by: Annie Hatt BSc (Hons) on 06/04/2016

In March this year I was lucky enough to be enrolled on a Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue course at Bridgwater College, Cannington. 

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat mitigation | bat surveys | Bats | Bats in trees | ecological consultancy | Ecological Consultant | ecological consultants | ecological consulting | ecological contracting | Tree Climbing

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 05/04/2016

Sara King, Senior Ecological Consultant for Ecosulis, was interviewed by BBC News regarding great crested newt in the context of the current consultation being undertake by Natural England. 

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: ecological consultancy | ecological consultants | EPS licence | European Protected Species | European Protected Species Licence | Great Crested Newt | great crested newt conservation | Great crested newt Fencing | great crested newt survey | Great Crested Newts

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Posted by: Sarah Booley on 08/03/2016

While the full survey period for great crested newts is March to June, don't forget that at least two survey visits need to be completed between mid-April and mid-May. That gives only 2.5 months to get the survey priced, commissioned and completed where GCN are present. 

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Great Crested Newt | Great crested newt Fencing | great crested newt mitigation | great crested newt survey

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 04/03/2016

The British Standard for Biodiversity BS42020 was published in 2013, however it is only just starting to filter into planning applications and is becoming increasing recognised as a standard to adhere to. This blog summarises the benefit of working to the standards.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: BS42020 | ecological consultancy | Ecological Consultant | ecological consultants | ecological consulting | National Planning Policy Framework | National Planning Policy Guidance | Suitably Qualified Ecologist

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Posted by: Frances Bennett on 23/02/2016

There have been reports of bats and reptiles already active this year as well as amphibians heading towards breeding ponds and even frog-spawn present in ponds around the country. This blog explores the implications of this and lists some of the most frequently encountered early risers! 

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: ecological consulting | Ecological Mitigation | ecological surveys | EPS licence | Hedgehog | Phase 1 habitat survey

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Posted by: Sarah Booley on 22/01/2016

Natural England have provided some tips as to how to improve your chances of securing a European Protected Species licence first time, including those relating to bats and newts... 

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat licence | Bat Low Impact Licence | bat mitigation | ecological consultancy | Ecological Mitigation | eDNA | EPS licence | European Protected Species | European Protected Species Licence | GCN licence | great crested newt mitigation | great crested newt survey

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Posted by: Sarah Booley on 22/01/2016

Ecological Impact Assessment guidance has been updated with emerging changes in approaches to valuing nature as well as mitigation. The main changes that are found within the new guidance consist of the inclusion of ecosystem services and natural capital as important ecological features to be considered and the inclusion of Biodiversity off-setting as a ‘last resort’ compensation measure.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Biodiversity offsetting | CIEEM | EcIA | Ecological Impact Assessment | Ecosystem Services | Environmental Impact Assessment | Impact Assessment | natural capital

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