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.

GLOBE Natural Capital Summit Report- Environment legislation

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 06/24/2013
The GLOBE Natural Capital Legislation Study covering 8 countries will be formally launched in the German Parliament, the Bundestag, by Pavan Sukhdev, Special Advisor and Head of UNEP's Green Economy Initiative.

Evaluating threats to soil biodiversity

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 06/24/2013
There is a lack of baseline data regarding soil biodiversity, which means that it is almost  impossible to determine what impact pressures such as climate change, agricultural  intensification or soil erosion are having on soil species. However, the little evidence that  does exist, for example from studies of mushroom species, suggests that the current rapid  rate of extinction of species living above the ground is mirrored below ground.

Worrying decline of UK species - State of Nature Report

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 05/28/2013
The new State of Nature report outlines the fact that far more species are declining than increasing in the UK, including many of our favourite species. Some are even faced with extinction. 

Adding Biodiversity to Renewable Energy Schemes

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) ACIEEM on 05/23/2013
Renewable energy schemes are controversial, and usually require a range of ecology surveys. There is a lot of scope to incorporate ecological enhancements within renewable energy schemes and increase opportunities for wildlife.

Great crested newt licensing process has been simplified

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 05/23/2013
Natural England has improved its current regulation system for great crested newt licensing, by simplifying the process  in a move designed to see more newt licence applications receiving a licence on first submission of the application.

Natura 2000 network worth €300bn a year

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) ACIEEM on 04/15/2013
One of the most important European networks of protected wildlife sites has been valued at €300bn a year.

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

Posted by Suzi Day on 04/12/2013
Members of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management have now successfully  petitioned Her Majesty the Queen for a Royal Charter.

Keep it British!

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 03/22/2013
Ecologists always encourage the use of native plant species within landscape plans for schemes, as these usually provide the most benefit to wildlife. Research by scientists at Anglia Ruskin University has shown that the presence of exotic, non-native trees and shrubs is having a negative impact on bird populations in British parks, therefore supporting the recommendation to keep plant species British when designing schemes. 

New five-step planning tool makes the most of urban green spaces

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 03/22/2013
A new five-step process has now been developed that can inform effective planning to protect and enhance the value of urban green spaces.

The utility of the Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators 2010 (SEBI 2010)

Posted by Dr Alan Feest PhD FCIWEM MIEEM PGCE on 03/12/2013
The need for an ecosystem function approach to the measurement of biodiversity and the development of a common currency for measuring is expressed and compared to the results published by Butchardt et al. (2010) and Va?ká? et al. (2012).

Nationwide Great Crested Newt Surveys launched

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 03/07/2013
Natural England is launching a detailed great crested newt survey programme across England. The information from this large scale project will provide a high resolution population distribution model for England

Bat Survey Licence Changes for Ecological Consultants

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 02/28/2013
The process of getting a bat licence to undertake roost visits and disturb or handle bats for conservation or ecological consultancy purposes, has recently been altered to ensure greater clarity between licence types and the introduction of a class system.