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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.

#WeirdWinter

Posted by Frances Bennett on 02/23/2016
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! 

Birds of Conservation Concern (BOCC) Update – An Ever Growing Red List

Posted by Annie Hatt BSc (Hons) on 02/23/2016
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. 

New Bat Survey Guidelines - Changes that Affect You

Posted by Ecosulis Consulting Team on 02/03/2016
The Third Edition of the Bat Conservation Trust Good Practice Guidelines (sponsored by Ecosulis) have just been released. Here is an overview of what you need to know, and how it may affect your upcoming projects.

James and the Giant Chipper - Extreme Vegetation Clearance!

Posted by James Edwards on 01/27/2016
...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...

A Year in the Life of a Biodiversity Expert

Posted by Annie Hatt on 01/27/2016
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. 

How to Get Your GCN/Bat Licence Approved First Time

Posted by Sarah Booley on 01/22/2016
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... 

The End of Great Crested Newt Surveys?!

Posted by Sarah Booley on 01/22/2016
Natural England and Woking Borough Council have launched a pilot scheme to explore whether a new system can be implemented to save developers cost and money whilst providing more comprehensive mitigation and compensation for great crested newts. 

New Ecological Impact Assessment Guidelines Published

Posted by Sarah Booley on 01/22/2016
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.

Flooding: 5 Things You didn’t Know!

Posted by Frances Bennett on 01/22/2016
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. 

Bats – A Pest or a Pest Controller?

Posted by Annie Hatt on 01/13/2016
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. 

Long-eared bats in EPS licences? Now that is a grey area!

Posted by Ben Mitchell BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 12/14/2015
This is a review of the current distribution of grey long eared bats in the UK. 

Rewilding Week: Focus on Bears and Bison

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 11/27/2015
Rewilding is gaining momentum in the UK and Geographical magazine is covering numerous stories, including two written by Cain Blythe (MD of Ecosulis Ltd) and Daniel Allen (Photojournalist).