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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: Sarah Booley on 23/02/2016

The most recent JNCC Biodiversity Indicators report provides an update on long and short term trends across key biodiversity indicators and is based on an easy to interpret ‘traffic light’ system. 

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: Biodiversity Indicators | Biodiversity Measurement | Biodiversity offsetting | biodiversity valuation | habitat valuation | natural capital | Valuing Nature

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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: Annie Hatt BSc (Hons) on 23/02/2016

Last reviewed in 2009, the fourth update of the status has been completed, showing a large movement of species, unfortunately many in the wrong direction. 

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: bird habitat | Bird Surveys | birds | Birds Directive | breeding bird survey | over-wintering birds | Seabirds | winter bird surveys | Wintering Migratory Birds

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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: Annie Hatt on 27/01/2016

Dr Alan Feest is Scientific Advisor to Ecosulis and a world renowned expert in biodiversity valuation. Here's a summary of his achievements in 2015. 

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: Biodiversity Assessment | Biodiversity Indicators | Biodiversity Measurement | ecological consultancy | Ecological Consultant | ecological consulting

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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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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: Annie Hatt on 13/01/2016

A study on the economic and ecological importance of bats to farmers, found the loss of bat species in North America could lead to agricultural losses in the region of US $3.7bn each year. Bats are known to provide a ‘pest control’ service worth £649m per year globally on corn crops alone. In this enlightening blog, Annie Hatt argues that bats should be seen as pest controllers rather than pests. 

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

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