Blog

Today the rewilding and restoration space is characterised by an ever-growing number of inspirational stories, from Ecosulis's own projects through to the efforts of businesses, NGOs, academics, politicians and ordinary citizens across the globe. Here we present a selection of the latest and greatest.

The Scottish Government is - on target to be generating 100% of their electricity demand from renewables by 2020 demonstrating w

Posted by Michael Williams on 12/22/2011
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.

Localism and Public Consultation

Posted by James Tristram on 12/14/2011
The Localism Act 2011 has modified what is required in terms of public consultation in support of planning applications. We consider how carefully-planned communication campaigns can enhance public/developer relations, reduce objections and increase the likelihood of permission being granted.

Ecosulis Awarded Prestigious Lake Enhancement Project by Royal Parks Agency

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 12/08/2011
The Royal Parks Agency have appointed Ecosulis to help conserve and enhance the natural and built environment of Regents Park.

Ecosulis services over the winter period

Posted by Michael Williams - AIEEM BSc (Hons) on 12/07/2011
Winter is a great time to undertake and plan for a range of ecological surveys. Careful consideration of ecological surveys can help with efficient project programming and avoid potentially costly delays at planning and construction phases of development

Can DNA analysis help save time and costs associated with bat licences?

Posted by James Tristram BSc (Hons) on 11/30/2011
Bat dropping DNA analysis can prove essential for the differentiation of the more cryptic species, having an impact on future mitigation and management and could significantly reduce delays and costs associated with further bat surveys.

2011 Reptile Mitigation Guidelines Withdrawn

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

The end of the consultation on the NPPF

Posted by Rod Ellison on 11/22/2011
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.”

Cuts to Feed in tariffs for sub 4kW Solar

Posted by Rod Ellison on 11/22/2011
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.

Halloween!

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

Ecosulis and AquaticEngineering Team Up to Deliver Biodiverse Roof

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 10/26/2011
Ecosulis is working withIsle of Wight based AquaticEngineering to install a 4500m2 biodiverse green roof and a significant SUDS at the new Cowes Enterprise College.

Wichelstowe Wildlife News: Issue 4, October 2011 – Summer Works 2011 .

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

Natural England release new 2011 Reptile Mitigation Guidelines for Developers

Posted by Jake Kirby on 09/26/2011
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.