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.

Evaluating Great Crested Newt Habitat Suitability Index and Population Survey Results

Posted by Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 03/17/2011
The weather is becoming milder and amphibians are stirring out of hibernation and there have already been several sightings in ponds. This indicates the start of the great crested newt survey season (mid-March and mid-June)! In preparation, Ecosulis has reflected back on our newt survey results from 79 ponds in 2010 and considers how the relatively new Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) is being used and what benefits it brings to the consideration of newts and works affecting newt habitat.

Ecosulis Awarded Two Prestigious Environment Agency Habitat Creation Projects

Posted by on 03/16/2011
Ecosulis has had a great start in 2011 and is delighted to have been awarded two prestigious habitat creation projects in quick succession. Following a competitive tendering process, Ecosulis were selected by the Environment Agency and are now mobilising teams to complete the work within the critical timeframes available.

Hydropower Scheme on the River Teme, Ludlow, Shropshire

Posted by Lisa Peirce on 03/16/2011
Ecosulis were appointed by Rewables First to support applications for a full Abstraction and an Impoundment Licences. The scope of our appointment included undertaking an extended Phase 1 habitat, River Corridor, River Habitat and otter surveys. The results of the surveys were summarised and potential impacts and mitigation outlined in a ecological supporting statement.

Delivering Green Infrastructure Benefits

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 03/15/2011
The delivery of green infrastructure benefits – for example the integration of biodiversity to ensure the linkage of habitats and creation of attractive landscapes - is once again in the spotlight. This article outlines why there is an increasing need to address the issue, including through planning policies, when companies are planning new developments or are performing upgrades to current infrastructure.

Ecosulis Awarded Two Environment Agency Habitat Creation Projects

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 03/09/2011
With almost a quarter of a million native species to plant, Ecosulis is looking forward to the challenge of creating new and biodiverse habitats at Attenborough Lakes SSSI in Nottingham and at Tilgate Lake, Crawley as part of the ongoing flood alleviation schemes.

New feed in tariffs published

Posted by Roderick Ellison on 03/02/2011
Feed in tariffs increased for 2011/2012 financial year by 4.8%

Save our solar campaign and changes to FIT

Posted by Roderick Ellison - MSc BSc (Hons) AIEMA on 03/02/2011
Ecosulis attended Ecobuild at Excel in east London on Tuesday 1 March 2011. The conference is one of the world’s largest conferences on sustainable building and renewable energy (micro to medium scale). At the conference we noticed a 'Save our Solar Campaign'. Ecosulis has been involved in the feasibility and planning related work for local solar PV field arrays and has been surprised that the 'greenest government ever' has threatened to cut Feed In Tariff (FIT) for these projects.

Controversies associated with hydroelectric power systems

Posted by Roderick Ellison - MSc BSc (Hons) AIEMA on 02/18/2011
This blog considers both the controversial aspects and also positive effects of developing a site for hydroelectric power.

140 Nature reserves to be rescued by wardens

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 02/18/2011
It has been revealed in the Independent newspaper that wardens working in 140 state-run National Nature Reserves in England are looking to form their own mutual company.

Wichelstowe Wildlife News: Issue 2, February 2011 – Winter Works 2010/2011

Posted by Hannah Maben on 02/10/2011
Welcome to Wichelstowe Wildlife News where you will find all the latest information in respect to the habitats and species within the Wichelstowe urban extension to the south of Swindon. This second issue provides an outline of recent winter works undertaken in 2010/2011 including works relating to wildlife fencing, wildlife tunnels, pond management, pond creation, hedgerow management and tree planting.

Wichelstowe Wildlife News: Issue 1, February 2011 – Introduction and Ecological Works Undertaken to Date

Posted by Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 02/09/2011
Welcome to Wichelstowe Wildlife News where you will find all the latest information in respect to the habitats and species within the Wichelstowe urban extension to the south of Swindon. This first issue includes a brief introduction to Wichelstowe and a summary of ecological works undertaken to date.

Dr Alan Feest Confirmed as European Water Association Biodiversity Representative and Advisor to the European Commission

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) and Dr Alan Feest PhD FCIWEM MIEEM PGCE on 01/31/2011
Ecosulis is pleased to announce that Dr Alan Feest, our Scientific Advisor, has been appointed as biodiversity representative to the European Commission for the European Water Association (EWA). Alan will contribute to the Expert Network in Water, Marine and Biodiversity which is being set up by the European Commission