Wildlife Licence Charges
18 May

Wildlife Licence Charges

Natural England has published their consultation response and proposals to charge for wildlife licences on Defra’s behalf. They promise a commitment to improve the service performance for mitigation licences, alongside the implementation of charges. Ecological consultants will have to pay…

Bat Mitigation Research Report
17 May

Bat Mitigation Research Report

CIEEM has published a new report on bat mitigation effectiveness entitled ‘Reviewing the evidence on mitigation strategies for bats in buildings: informing best-practice for policy makers and practitioners’. This study provides evidence for planners, developers and ecological practitioners on the…

Great crested newt course is a great success!
25 Apr

Great crested newt course is a great success!

Following our unfortunate first course on great crested newt ecology and survey in March that coincided with the ‘Beast from the East’, when no newts were seen, last night and this morning we saw lots of newts, including both sexes…

Dormice active in East Devon
17 Apr

Dormice Active in East Devon

We found our first dormouse of 2018 in a survey tube today in East Devon. This confirms that dormice are beginning to emerge from hibernation nests, which are built at ground level under cover such as leaves. Survey tubes are…

The State of the UK's Bats 2017
09 Mar

The State of the UK’s Bats 2017

JNCC and the Bat Conservation Trust have published ‘The State of the UK’s Bats 2017‘, setting out national bat monitoring programme population trends. Headlines are that the latest trends indicate that populations of the bat species monitored are stable or…

Conservation hedge-laying for dormice
30 Jan

Conservation hedge-laying for dormice

Richard Green Ecology undertook some conservation hedge-laying as part of the mitigation for a Natural England dormouse licence. The traditional rejuvenation method of hedge-laying reduces gaps and stimulates growth from the base of hedgerows. Wildlife, including dormice, benefit from dense hedges…