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Posted by: Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 27/01/2011

This two-part Blog considers the practical implications of water vole and the protection it is afforded in respect to works affecting aquatic habitat, be it conservation, maintenance, management or development works. Part 1 provides a brief background to the legislation affording protection to water vole and its habitat, water vole ecology and the broad process in terms of considering this species when planning works including licensing.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Aquatic Habitats | Ecological Mitigation | Water Vole

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Posted by: Mike Williams BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 17/01/2011

In June 2008 Ecosulis discovered the first known colony of the ant Lasius emarginatus in mainland Britain. This blog provides an update regarding the status of the colony.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Invertebrate survey | Lasius emarginatus | River Survey

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Posted by: Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 14/01/2011

Developments that are likely to significantly affect a badger groups territory (for example direct habitat loss or severance) or cannot avoid damage or destruction of an important sett are likely to require baitmarking surveys to inform mitigation. This Ecosulis Blog considers when baitmarking is necessary and outlines the process involved in completing this work, including an outline of the timing implications associated with seasonal constraints, the planning system and licensing process in respect to badgers.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: badger | badger licence | badger mitigation | badger sett creation | badger survey

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Posted by: James Tristram BSc (Hons) on 14/01/2011

2010 saw an end to a long term mitigation strategy designed and implemented by Ecosulis. The consultancy team were pleased to report back positive results for the scheme which saw an overall 50% rise in the great crested newt population since monitoring began.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Ecological Mitigation | great crested newt conservation | Great Crested Newts | Magna Park | newt survey

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Posted by: Marina Martin BSc & Hannah Maben BSc MIEEM on 12/01/2011

Suitably Qualified Ecologists from Ecosulis have been compiling Code for Sustainable Homes, EcoHomes and BREEAM Ecology Reports for a range of clients for a number of years and to date have completed around 50 reports. A number of the schemes Ecosulis has provided input into have been awarded high ecology credits and have achieved ratings of excellent. We have even advised on award winning schemes!

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: BREEAM | Code for Sustainable Homes | EcoHomes | Ecological Enhancement | Ecology Credits | Ecology Report | Suitably Qualified Ecologist

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) on 15/12/2010

The cold weather and dropping temperatures mean that several species in the UK hibernate, migrate or reduce their activity levels over the winter months. However, there are still a wide variety of ecological surveys that can be undertaken by Ecosulis during the winter months.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: badger surveys | bat surveys | dormouse surveys | otter surveys | Phase 1 habitat survey | River Corridor Survey | River Habitat Survey | winter bird surveys | Winter surveys

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) on 06/12/2010

There are six species of reptile native to the UK; adders, slow worms, grass snakes, smooth snakes, sand lizards and common lizards. This Blog summarises planning considerations (legal and policy) where suitable reptile habitat is present on a development site.

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

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Posted by: James Tristram BSc (Hons) on 01/12/2010

Impacts on wildlife through the installation of solar panels is unlikely to have significant impacts on wildlife, but may require careful consideration to ensure they do not cause obstruction or disturbance. The Ecosulis team are happy to lend advice on what surveys are required to ensure that any solar installations fall within current wildlife legislation, as well as offering ideas of how best to accommodate birds and bats within the built environment.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Bats | birds | solar photovoltaic | Solar PV

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Posted by: Michael Williams - AIEEM BSc (Hons) on 01/12/2010

Ecosulis undertakes a range of specialist invertebrate surveys across the UK. On sites of invertebrate interest, good mitigation and conservation schemes depend on the reliable identification of invertebrate species. Once the identifications are complete, Ecosulis is able to put together site-specific recommendations, tailored to the species found and species that may eventually colonise the site. Here is a detailed account of surveys undertaken by Ecosulis of a brownfield site in Wales.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Invertebrate survey | Red Data Book | UK BAP | Wales

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) on 23/11/2010

All British species of bats and their places of shelter are protected under UK and European law. It is an offence to kill, injure or disturb a bat or to damage or obstruct access to a place used for shelter or protection by bats. A European Protected Species Licence (EPSL) is therefore required to lawfully undertake development works to a building that is a confirmed bat roost and would otherwise trigger an offence.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat licence | bat mitigation | bat surveys | European Protected Species Licence | monitoring | Planning

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