To provide an update on the current and emerging trends in biodiversity the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has assessed 24 different indicators. This aims to provide a clear way to identify and address problems facing biodiversity in the UK. These indicators have been based on a total of fifty measures and the full report can be found here.
After two record breaking months this winter with December being the warmest and January the wettest since records began, wildlife has been up to some very strange things these past weeks. There have been records of both flora and fauna exhibiting unseasonable behaviour including the appearance of daffodils as early as the middle of December, hedgehogs remaining active and bats recorded foraging regularly over the Christmas period, when they both should have been deep in hibernation.
Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List of Birds
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: