Publications

Please find below a list of blogs, news items, papers and publications related to Ecosulis and the rewilding and restoration space.

Gibraltar Bird Survey and Ringing

Posted by Marc Anderton on 01/13/2014
The ringing and survey of birds provides invaluable information about population changes and dynamics. Its also an important hobby for ornithology enthusiasts. 

Money Really Can Grow on Trees!

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) ACIEEM on 10/29/2013
Natural capital is directly linked to Ecosystem services, which is the value of ecosystems on economies, society and biodiversity. It is important to consider the overall value of green spaces and natural, habitats not just to biodiversity but to flood alleviation, recreation and food production to name a few.

Encounters with Oil Beetles

Posted by Michael Williams on 10/29/2013
Oil Beetles discovered in the Bristol region by our enthusiastic invertebrate specialists. 

Engaging People in Biodiversity Issues

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 09/30/2013
while it is important to make people more aware of biodiversity issues it is also vital that they are given the right advice and guidance in order to ensure that their involvement has the best possible positive impact on the environment. A recent publication by Defra contributes to this debate to encourage people to habe the highest level of concern for the environment and to become actively involved. 

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.