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Posted by: Emma Northcote-Smith on 21/06/2016

The new Water Vole Mitigation Handbook has been published and includes changes to displacement and relocation methods. Our HCEC team have been helping Oxford University with a project comparing different displacements methods and their effectiveness for water vole mitigation. Our consulting and contracting teams spent a day undertaking water vole training in June.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: ecological consultancy | ecological consultants | Water Vole | water vole guidelines | water vole mitigation | water vole survey

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Posted by: James Edwards on 06/05/2016

The start of 2016 has been a busy for the habitat creation team here at Ecosulis. We have been planting a native woodland in Crawley, as part of a large flood alleviation scheme, vegetation clearance for a large housing development in Swindon and wetland maintenance for the Environment Agency in Buckland Marsh.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: Arboriculture | Dormouse | ecological contracting | flood alleviation | Flood Alleviation Scheme | habitat creation | Habitat Management | Otter | Protected Species | tree felling | Tree Planting | Water Vole | Woodland Planting

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Posted by: Frances Bennett on 22/01/2016

Habitat creation methods ranging from ditch restoration, using large woody debris and reintroduction of beaver can all help alleviate the effects of flooding - here are 5 key facts to demonstrate this. 

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: Aquatic Habitats | beaver | habitat creation | habitat restoration | rewilding | species reintroduction

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 12/05/2015

Ecosulis summarise the factors can have catastrophic impacts upon the success of reedbed establishment and emphasise that reedbed establishment should be based on very specific local considerations and expert knowledge.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: Aquatic Habitats | bird habitat | native planting | Reedbeds | wetland creation | Wetland Restoration

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) ACIEEM on 05/02/2014

Funding habitat creation and enhancements within areas known to support great crested newts could be a more effective use of resources for their long-term conservation.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: Great crested newt Fencing | great crested newt mitigation

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 30/09/2013

It can be difficult to assess where habitat creation and restoration will be beneficial and most effective. The aim of Biodiversity 2020 is to increase priority habitats around the country by at least 200,000 ha. This should be achieved by  habitat restoration and also habitat creation to reverse the decline in protected/notable species populations, and encouraging biodiversity.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: habitat creation | habitat restoration | Nature Improvement Areas

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 30/09/2013

Progress has been made since the previous Natural Environment White Paper. This new white paper aims to further improve habitats and implement more effective solutions and schemes including those relating to natural capital, ecosystem services and green infrastructure. 

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: Ecosystem Services | Green Infrastructure | natural capital | natural habitats | NEWP

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 30/09/2013

The deadline for submitting written evidence to the common agricultural policy inquiry is Wednesday 9 October 2013. It is hoped that the feedback received from farmers and communities involved in environmental issues will look at the CAP and assess its potential environmental impact.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: common agricultural policy | food security

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 30/09/2013

It remains to be seen whether it is possible to reverse the decline of bees and other pollinators. However, recent research suggests that it is possible to boost the population of pollinators and in turn improve the environment.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: bees | common agricultural policy | food security | rewilding | species reintroduction | Species Richness

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 24/06/2013

There is a lack of baseline data regarding soil biodiversity, which means that it is almost 
impossible to determine what impact pressures such as climate change, agricultural 
intensification or soil erosion are having on soil species. However, the little evidence that 
does exist, for example from studies of mushroom species, suggests that the current rapid 
rate of extinction of species living above the ground is mirrored below ground.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: Soil biodiversity

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