At a time that most ecological consultants are out undertaking great crested newt surveys and developers are squeezing in last minute commissions for 2016 the BBC News and Ecosulis are also considering what the future holds for this European Protected Species (EPS).
Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons)
Cain Blythe and Daniel Allen cover two revealing articles for Geographical magazine as part of Rewilding Week:
Bear Necessities: http://geographical.co.uk/nature/wildlife/item/1389-bear-necessities
Fewer than 50 Marsican brown bears roam the Apennine Mountains of central Italy. Daniel Allen and Cain Blythe investigate whether new protection measures can bring Italy’s largest carnivore back from the edge.
Ecosulis congratulate Dr Alan Feest their Research Director on his recognition as a leading UK ecologist following his review and interview by the Chartered Institute of Ecologists and Ecological Managers. Dr Feest who is already a Fellow of CIWEM joins an elite group of chartered ecologists whose life-time contribution to the furtherance of ecology in the UK is being recognised by this new accreditation.
A recent report was commissioned by Defra. Entitled “The Biodiversity Segmentation Scoping Study”. The idea behind the study was to ensure that any engagement with people is focused and relevant, and to encourage more people to engage in biodiversity by 2020. They compiled a report with a mix of data and feedback from targeted groups to learn how to ensure people want to learn about biodiversity and take an active role in projects/community areas.
Levels of engagement were defined as follows-
A study has been compiled for the Biodiversity 2020 Terrestrial Biodiversity Group (TBG) which focused on 159 National Character Areas and the potential to add or restore habitats within these sites. As well as looking at how to achieve this, they assessed prescriptions to ensure that habitats could be restored without environmental conflicts of interest (for example saltmarsh creation on the same space as floodland grazing).
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.
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.
The report resulted in 12 principles created to highlight effective planning and to minimise damage to the environment-