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Posted by: James Edwards on 27/01/2016

...The Dutch Dragon Chipper had arrived! It was huge! At around 20m long and weighing 40t fully laden it is a very impressive piece of kit – the chipper alone is powered by a 550hp engine...

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: habitat restoration | Tree Clearance | tree felling | vegetation clearance

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Posted by: Marc Anderton on 15/09/2014

Priory Farm, a successful example of lesser horseshoe bat mitigation. 

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: bat licence | bat mitigation | bat surveys | ecological consultancy | ecological contracting | horseshoe bats

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Posted by: Sarah Booley on 06/05/2014

The long term failure of tree planting schemes has now been addressed by a new British Standard providing clear recommendations on how to ensure the trees you plant survive to fulfil their role in the landscape. 

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: ecological contracting | habitat creation | tree felling | Tree Planting | Tree Shelter | Tree Surgery

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Posted by: Ben Mitchell on 18/03/2014

The recent burst of March sunshine has spurred our resident breeding birds onto a nesting frenzy!

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: bird habitat | Bird Surveys | birds | ecological contracting | reptile mitigation

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 13/12/2012

As part of efforts to tackle climate change, the UK Government has set a target for 15% of the UK’s energy to be generated by renewable sources by 2020.

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: Bird Surveys | Climate Change | government | habitat exclusion | Impact Assessment | Renewable Energy | RSPB | Seabirds | tidal energy | tidal schemes | Underwater Turbines | Wind Turbine

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Posted by: Michael Williams on 22/12/2011

It is hugely impressive that the Scottish government is currently on target to meet their goal of generating the equivalent of 100% of electricity demand from renewables by 2020. In contrast it is harder to identify how the coalition has supported the sector so that England can meet its 2020 obligations.

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: Energy | Energy Minister | Feed-in Tariffs | FIT | Greg Barker | Hydropower | Micropower Council | Renewables | Scotland | Wind power

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Posted by: Rod Ellison on 22/11/2011

Consultation on the NPPF finished on 17 October 2011. There has been a high rate of response, of about 14,000 responses and the debate has certainly polarised opinion! The Planning Inspectorate initially stated that the draft NPPF was a material consideration and “gives a clear indication of the Government’s `direction of travel’ in planning policy”. They withdrew that statement in September, and their guidance now states “It is a consultation document and, therefore, subject to potential amendment. It is capable of being a material consideration, although the weight to be given to it will be a matter for the decision maker in each particular case. The current Planning Policy Statements, Guidance notes and Circulars remain in place until cancelled.”

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: National Planning Policy Framework | NPPF

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Posted by: Rod Ellison on 22/11/2011

In the second unscheduled change this year feed in tariff rates for solar PV have been cut. The government argues the subsidises were over generous. The reality of the situation is that one of the few technologies the public seem willing to adopt will no longer be financially attractive, substantial job losses are likely and the changes will reduce investor confidence in emerging subsidy regimes.

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: Feed in tariff | FIT | Renewables | Solar

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Posted by: Rod Ellison on 05/09/2011

Further to our recent blog on localism and comunity rebewables we write further on the broader process of developing a project.

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: community | Localism | wind

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Posted by: Roderick Ellison - MSc BSc (Hons) AIEMA on 03/08/2011

The 2011 EIA Regulations consolidate previous Regulations from 24 August 2011 applications will only need to refer to this one set of Regulations for planning related EIA in England. What are the other key changes?

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: 2011 | EIA | EIA and planning | Screening

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