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.

POSTnote (Feb 2013): Planning decisions and biodiversity

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 02/25/2013
Built developments and mineral extraction can bring social benefits. However, if developments decrease biodiversity there could be a net loss of human well-being. Planning policy is devolved and a new POSTnote sets out how the information on impacts of proposed developments on biodiversity is given to planners in England. It also summarises approaches to enhance biodiversity and avoid, mitigate and compensate for negative impacts.

Five non-native invasive aquatic plant species banned

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 02/20/2013
A new ban on the sale of non-native invasive plants will be strictly enforced, with retailers having a year to stop stocking these banned plants. After this period anyone who continues to sell these plants faces a £5000 fine and six months in prison.

Access to the natural environment between social groups

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 02/13/2013
Research has shown that more exposure to the natural environment can reduce childhood obesity as well as allowing them to gain a more positive sense of place and improvement in mental health issues.

The Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi)

Posted by Michael Williams on 02/12/2013
The wasp spider is a large species that has increased in range over the last few decades

The comparison of site spider “biodiversity quality” in Portuguese protected areas

Posted by Dr Alan Feest PhD FCIWEM MIEEM PGCE on 02/04/2013
Measuring the biodiversity quality of spider populations in Portugal. 

What's so ‘great’ about great crested newts?

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 01/30/2013
As great crested newt survey season approaches, we ask what is so ‘great’ about great crested newts? And why do they always seem to cause delays and additional expense to development programmes?

British bees may benefit from new announcements

Posted by Michael Williams - AIEEM BSc (Hons) on 01/30/2013
Two announcements last week concerning imported bees and pesticides may benefit our native bees.

Enjoying nature everyday keeps the doctor away

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 01/23/2013
We all know the benefits of enjoying the countryside and fresh air. Now a tool has been developed to illustrate the link between human health and natural habitats

Landscape-scale conservation for butterflies and moths

Posted by Michael Williams on 01/21/2013
Butterfly Conservation have recently published a report on their work with landscape conservation for butterflies and moths, detailing some of their major successes with endangered species such as Marsh Fritillary.

Great crested newts - problem solved!

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 01/18/2013
Great crested newts on your development site can sometimes be seen as an inconvenience and a problem. But, handled in the right way they don’t have to be, and can add value to your development.

The biodiversity quality of butterfly sites: A metadata assessment

Posted by Dr Alan Feest PhD FCIWEM MIEEM PGCE on 01/14/2013
We show that, where the theoretical base of sampling is sound, data collected with a simple analytical procedure in mind, can generate far more information than envisaged initially. An example of the compilation of “Biodiversity Quality” indicators is given for a site in the Dutch butterfly monitoring scheme (de Vlinderstichting) and two sites are compared for difference.

Invertebrates – Leave the Small Things to Us

Posted by Michael Williams on 01/10/2013
Ecological surveys can often require specialist knowledge, however when it comes to invertebrate surveys there is often so much to consider. Here are a few pointers to help you with your survey requirements.