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.

Habitat Creation and Restoration Potential

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

Breeding Bird Survey 2012

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 09/30/2013
The Breeding Bird Survey is a nationwide survey supported by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). As well as monitoring the population of birds, this survey also serves as a way of assessing the overall health of the countryside in general.

Nature and Good Spatial Planning

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 09/30/2013
The RSPB, the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Management and the Royal Town Planning Institute have published a report highlighting the importance of spatial planning and offering recommendations in order to ensure that development is sustainable and enhances the natural environment.

Smarter Guidance and Changes to NPPF

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 09/30/2013
Smarter Guidance is being developed by Defra and aims to reduce environmental policy and guidance from 400 to around 30 documents with around 500 pages of information instead of 6,0000 - an estimated 90% reduction in data volume. While this will depend on the process of collecting and interpreting the data, there is confidence that this process can be streamlined and made more user friendly, with the overall objective of improving biodiversity and environmental protection.

NEWP Implementation Update

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

Implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy

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

Health And Value Of Bees And Other Pollinators

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

Ecological Consultant Perspectives - what else lives in bat boxes?

Posted by Michael Williams on 08/07/2013
Ecological consultants often recommend installing bat boxes as mitigation for lost roosts or as “biodiversity enhancing” features. But bats are not the only animals that use them.

The Decrease of Bees is Affecting Cider Production!

Posted by Natalie Cross on 07/22/2013
The Cider industry is reliant on bees to pollinate their apple trees but beekeepers are warning that if the current trend in the decrease of bees continues apple harvest, and consequently cider production, could be greatly affected.

Create a Wildlife-Friendly Garden

Posted by Natalie Cross on 07/22/2013
Increase biodiversity and beauty in the garden!

GLOBE Natural Capital Summit Report- Environment legislation

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 06/24/2013
The GLOBE Natural Capital Legislation Study covering 8 countries will be formally launched in the German Parliament, the Bundestag, by Pavan Sukhdev, Special Advisor and Head of UNEP's Green Economy Initiative.

Evaluating threats to soil biodiversity

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