Ecological Consulting

Posted by Ecosulis Consulting Team on 3/02/2016
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.

 

Bat surveys are usually required to inform planning applications for the site, and range from roost emergence/swarming surveys to bat activity surveys.

The key changes within the guidelines include:

 

Posted by Sarah Booley on 22/01/2016

Natural England and Woking Borough Council have launched a pilot scheme to explore whether a new system can be implemented to save developers time and money whilst providing more comprehensive mitigation and compensation for great crested newts. The main changes will include:

Posted by Daniel Allen on 8/10/2019

 

The recently released Glover Review calls for radical changes in the way England's underperforming national parks are managed. Those changes should be based on the comprehensive and cutting edge assessment of both biodiversity and people.    

 

Snowdonia National Park. Photo: Daniel Allen

 

Seizing the moment

Posted by Dr Paul Jepson on 12/09/2019

 

A new scientific paper reveals the huge value-generating potential of Brazilian protected areas. As the first high-profile application of the Natural Asset Framework, the analysis has worldwide implications.    

 

Protected Areas - both in Brazil and across the world - could generate far more value for both nature and people. Image: Daniel Allen

 

Framework first

Posted by Daniel Allen on 31/07/2019

 

A growing body of evidence suggests that interaction with nature can boost health and wellness and improve quality of life. At Ecosulis, Biodiversity and Health is one of our core services.

 

 

Well well well

Many of us already know that a stroll in the woods or along a beach can stimulate feelings of calmness and contentment. Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear and stress.

 

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Posted by Vance Russell on 19/07/2019

 

Today the risk of wildfire is increasing across the United States, particularly in the state of California. In the first of a three-part blog series, Ecosulis Biodiversity Lead Vance Russell and the Environmental Defense Fund's Eric Holst examine the trend, and discuss the difference between a bad fire and a good fire.

 

 

Risk and response

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Posted by Annie Hatt BSc (Hons) on 6/05/2016

Hedgehog awareness week kicks off this week and the Ecological Consulting Team at Ecosulis are helping to spread the word!  

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society are running Hedgehog Awareness Week for another year, and this time it is focusing on strimming and garden machinery. Every year hundreds of hedgehogs are injured or killed as a result of coming into contact with machinery. You can help prevent this simply by checking areas for hedgehogs before using machines! 

Posted by Annie Hatt BSc (Hons) on 6/04/2016

In March this year I was lucky enough to be enrolled on a Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue course at Bridgwater College, Cannington. Running up to the course I was fortunate to have the support of a colleague Ben, from our ecological consultancy team, who already had his Tree Climbing qualification and is an experienced climber. He gave me a great deal of insight prior to the course, however, nothing could prepare me for the physical work that was involved!

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). 

Posted by Sarah Booley on 8/03/2016

We didn’t have a particularly cold winter, however amphibians are now starting to move towards their breeding ponds and there is only 2.5 months to get started with your surveys. This is the only window to undertake eDNA, great crested newt presence/absence and population monitoring surveys to support your planning application. If this window is missed, great crested newts can cause significant delays to your project programmes, and can affect your layout.