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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 28/02/2013

The process of getting a bat licence to undertake roost visits and disturb or handle bats for conservation or ecological consultancy purposes, has recently been altered to ensure greater clarity between licence types and the introduction of a class system.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat licence | bat surveys | ecological consultancy | ecological consultants

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 25/02/2013

Built developments and mineral extraction can bring social benefits. However, if developments decrease biodiversity there could be a net loss of human well-being. Planning policy is devolved and a new POSTnote sets out how the information on impacts of proposed developments on biodiversity is given to planners in England. It also summarises approaches to enhance biodiversity and avoid, mitigate and compensate for negative impacts.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Biodiversity offsetting | ecological consultancy | ecological consultants | habitat creation

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 20/02/2013

A new ban on the sale of non-native invasive plants will be strictly enforced, with retailers having a year to stop stocking these banned plants. After this period anyone who continues to sell these plants faces a £5000 fine and six months in prison.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: Invasive plant species | invasive species

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 13/02/2013

Research has shown that more exposure to the natural environment can reduce childhood obesity as well as allowing them to gain a more positive sense of place and improvement in mental health issues.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: habitat creation | habitat restoration | Natural England | natural habitats

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Posted by: Michael Williams on 12/02/2013

The wasp spider is a large species that has increased in range over the last few decades

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: invertebrate specialists | Invertebrate survey | Spiders

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Posted by: Dr Alan Feest PhD FCIWEM MIEEM PGCE on 04/02/2013

Measuring the biodiversity quality of spider populations in Portugal. 

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: Biomass | SCVI | Simpson Index | Species Conservation Value Index | Species Richness

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 30/01/2013

As great crested newt survey season approaches, we ask what is so ‘great’ about great crested newts? And why do they always seem to cause delays and additional expense to development programmes?

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: great crested newt survey

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Posted by: Michael Williams - AIEEM BSc (Hons) on 30/01/2013

Two announcements last week concerning imported bees and pesticides may benefit our native bees.

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Categories: Biodiversity Research
Tags: Bumblebees | Natural England | Pollinators

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 23/01/2013

We all know the benefits of enjoying the countryside and fresh air. Now a tool has been developed to illustrate the link between human health and natural habitats

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Access to Nature | ecological consultancy | human health

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Posted by: Michael Williams on 21/01/2013

Butterfly Conservation have recently published a report on their work with landscape conservation for butterflies and moths, detailing some of their major successes with endangered species such as Marsh Fritillary.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: butterfly conservation | butterfly survey | marsh fritillary

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