Ecosulis where tasked with the removal of 70 large conifer trees as part of a housing development in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. The project would involve two men on the ground with chainsaws, an excavator with tree shears and a Dutch Dragon Chipper. The trees would be dismantled using the tree shears and the timber chipped to be used as mulch at a later date.
Priory Farm is located within the rural landscape of the Wansdyke District and consists of four conjoined barns, which were due for renovation. During the ecological surveys in 2010, three of the four barns had evidence of brown long-eared and common pipistrelle bats, whilst a single lesser horseshoe bat was also recorded within one of the barns.
Each year public and private sector projects throughout the UK plant trees as part of landscape plans. However much of this planting fails and many trees die before they reach maturity. As much as 25% of planting fails within the public sector according to a 2008 report commissioned by the Department of Communities and Local Government. A similar failure rate is believed to exist in the private sector.
One of the main sources of this renewable energy will be from wind turbines, and extensive research has been undertaken to assess the impacts of wind farms on wildlife, particularly bird species. Another source of renewable energy currently under development is wave and tidal energy. Awareness of impacts on seabirds as a result of these schemes are not so widely publicised, and limited research has been undertaken to assess the impacts of these schemes of the UK’s seabird populations.
The Scottish government is currently on target to meet their goal of generating the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's electricity needs from renewables by 2020.
This month has seen two big changes to operational revenue streams for renewables. On one hand the government seems determined to destroy investor confidence and the solar industry with the second unscheduled decreased in the Feed in Tariff (FIT) in the last ten months. Whilst on the other the long awaited consultation on ROC banding, although not entirely positive, is in the main a welcome firming up of policy direction.
A focus on local, community scale energy generation is not a new feature. An emphasis on the potential benefits of a more localised and distributed pattern of energy generation and on the involvement of local communities in renewables first emerged in the 1970’s.
The Localism Bill