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Today the rewilding and restoration space is characterised by an ever-growing number of inspirational stories, from Ecosulis's own projects through to the efforts of businesses, NGOs, academics, politicians and ordinary citizens across the globe. Here we present a selection of the latest and greatest.

Bristol launches its Green Capital Programme for 2015

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 02/09/2015
Bristol has been awarded European Green Capital for 2015, and has launched its programme to celebrate this. Features range from recycling initiatives to sustainable architecture and biodiversity. Ecosulis have a range of core values, including increasing biodiversity, rewilding and improving health through enhancing green spaces. 

Planning for Biodiversity - Do's and Don'ts

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 02/09/2015
The National Planning Policy Framework requires all schemes to show an ecological enhancement. This can sometimes cause problems when designing masterplans especially if layouts have been fixed before ecological input is sought. We have provided a summary of easy wins and dos/don’ts when designing your development layout. 

Environmental DNA (eDNA) testing for Great Crested Newts

Posted by Frances Bennett on 02/05/2015
For the 2015 survey season Ecosulis have plans to provide eDNA testing of ponds for presence and absence of Great Crested Newts. eDNA, or environmental DNA, testing is ideal for developers with a long lead time on projects who are looking to scope out potential great crested newt populations and give full consideration to ecological requirements within the scheme, particularly those with multiple ponds. 

Beavers: First Steps towards Rewilding Britain?

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 01/30/2015
There is an increasing optimism throughout Europe with the concept of rewilding that can benefit people as well as biodiversity. With an approval from Natural England to release beavers into the wild in England, this exciting approach takes a significant step forward. 

Bat Mitigation Licence vs Precautionary Method of Working

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 01/26/2015
Natural England have recently changed their licensing process, which is now more stringent and requires an increased level of detail. The following information aims to give a clear summary of what is required. 

Large Carnivores in Europe can Co-exist with Humans

Posted by Michael Williams - MCIEEM BSc (Hons) on 01/20/2015
Recent research shows that Europe’s four large carnivore species – wolves, brown bear, lynxes and wolverines – can co-exist with humans.

The Functions and Values of Biodiversity – A Consultants View

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 01/20/2015
Ecosulis attended the 2015 Oxford University Biosymposium which focused on the functions and values of biodiversity. The symposium presented several viewpoints on this topic, from biologists to chemists and economists, to deliver a holistic viewpoint of the role of biodiversity. In addition, lively debates followed on how to use information and viewpoints to conserve and improve biodiversity. The key message that I have taken from the symposium is that we have a lot of viewpoints and data from a range of projects and that still too many disciplines are operating in silos. However, there is now an urgency to establish a way to implement these ideals to make a difference to our biodiversity, because we cannot live without nature and therefore it is right to value it. 

Dormouse Survey Results

Posted by Marc Anderton on 12/05/2014
There are a few ways of surveying for dormouse which include nest searches, hair tube surveys, live traps and dormouse nest boxes.

New Development Bat Licence to be Launched by Natural England

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 11/03/2014
Natural England is looking to planning a new development bat licence. The Bat Low Impact Licence is designed to simplify the licensing of certain bat projects. The licence would streamline licence applications for schemes that have a low impact on bat roosts. Savings to developers during the initial trial are estimated to be over £180,000 and 444 weeks saved in possible delays to development.

Bristol University Intern Fair and Collaboration

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 10/31/2014
Ecosulis attended the Bristol University Internship Career’s Fair on 30 October 2014. The aim of the fair is to assist environmental and science students with their chosen career, and to offer placements to give potential ecologists relevant work experience and also to strengthen our collaborations with the University. 

Biodiversity Measurement and the IPBES

Posted by Dr Alan Feest PhD CEco FCIWEM MIEEM PGCE on 10/29/2014
Alan Feest joined the second plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which has the aim of assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.

The Large Blue Butterfly in Bath

Posted by Michael Williams - MCIEEM BSc (Hons) on 10/28/2014
With news of further reintroduction sites around the country, is it possible that the Large Blue will once again be found in the “hills near Bath”?