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Posted by: Sara King BSc & Hannah Maben BSc MIEEM on 29/11/2011

In October 2011 Natural England decided to withdraw the first edition of the Reptile Mitigation Guidelines (September 2011), in order to seek further feedback and to provide further clarification. Here we consider the implications of this on reptile surveys and mitigation strategies undertaken since September 2011 and going forward into 2012.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Natural England | Reptile mitigation guidelines | reptile survey | reptiles

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Posted by: Jo Neville CEnv MIEEM BSc on 31/10/2011

Halloween is here and it seems that bats are everywhere, but most of those not made of plastic are likely to be finding places to get safely tucked up for the winter, hibernating in buildings, caves and trees across the country. But whilst you carve your pumpkin and don your witch’s hat, spare a thought for our little sleepy friends. They are often misunderstood, and many an hour of consultant’s time is spent explaining that they are not half as scary or problematic as people think!

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat surveys | Bats | Halloween

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) on 03/10/2011

Over the summer Ecosulis has undertaken suveys for badger, invasive species, water vole and otter, great crested newt larvae and bats as well as undertaken on-going management and maintenance. The results have been positive, with wildlife thriving alongside the Wichelstowe development.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: badger survey | bat surveys | Ecology | Great Crested Newts | Himalayan balsam | monitoring

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Posted by: Jake Kirby on 26/09/2011

All of England’s reptile species have suffered declines, to varying extents across the country. For the widespread species, development without adequate mitigation continues to be a significant reason for this decline. Natural England’s new guidance is an updated single set of standards for good practice in reptile mitigation. It will be useful for developers and local planning authorities alike.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: reptile mitigation | reptile relocation | reptile survey

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Posted by: Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 26/09/2011

Developers face more paperwork and upfront cost when submitting planning applications for works affecting a confirmed bat roost in Dorset. Why?

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat mitigation | case law | Ecological Consultant

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Posted by: Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 26/08/2011

Natural England has recently raised concern regarding works affecting bats and their roosts being undertaken without the appropriate mitigation licence. So when is a mitigation licence required and when is a precautionary method of working appropriate?

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat licence | bat mitigation | bat surveys | Bats | Natural England

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Posted by: Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 17/08/2011

Following recent case law it has become clear that Local Planning Authorities must be satisfied that favourable conservation status of European Protected Species can be maintained before granting planning permission. This blog considers what should be considered pre-planning in respect to bats.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat mitigation | bat surveys | Bats | case law | Planning

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) on 15/08/2011

Biodiversity enhancements within developments are becoming increasingly important, with Local Planning Authorities and BREEAM assessors requesting ecological features to be incorporated within developments, including new builds. Natural England protected species licences also usually require ecological enhancements to be incorporated within the development design. With consideration at the design stage, such features can be easily incoporated at low cost.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat mitigation | Bats | biodiversity gain | BREEAM

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Posted by: Michael Williams - AIEEM BSc (Hons) on 15/08/2011

Attempted rescue of a young hedgehog in Bath and advice on what to do if you find an injured or unwell hedgehog

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Biodiversity Action Plan | Hedgehog | Rescue | UK BAP

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Posted by: Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 12/08/2011

Recent case law relating to European Protected Species has resulted in a notable change in the level of information relating to bats being required before many Local Planning Authorities across England and Wales will either register or determine a planning application. Here are some top tips to consider when submitting a planning application to avoid refusal on the grounds of insufficient information relating to bats.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat mitigation | bat surveys | case law | Planning

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