In previous years bat surveyors have had problems getting a bat licence to undertake roost visits and disturb or handle bats for conservation or ecological consultancy purposes
Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons)
A new POSTnote has been published in relation to planning decisions and biodiversity. The POSTnote describes:
“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.”
When people think of invasive species they often think of animals. In England grey squirrels are a classic example of this as their presence has led to the widespread decline of the native population of red squirrels. What people may not realise is that this can also happen with plants as well.
The Environment Minister Richard Benyon has confirmed that the following plant species have been banned:
Natural England is working to improve access to the natural environment for a range of social groups stating that “everyone should have access to a good quality natural environment.”
Ecosulis have recently been selected by Wiltshire Council to provide Ecology services within Lot 3 of the its Professional Services Framework Agreement. The ecological consultancy department of Ecosulis were delighted to secure another framework agreement so close to the head office and are pleased to secure a fifth framework agreement for the company within a 12 month period.
Ecosulis have been appointed on a three year framework with the Environment Agency as an extension to the Midlands Landscape Framework that Ecosulis are appointed under. The work is to create and manage habitat at Attenborough Lakes Site of Special Scientific Interest near Nottingham. Twelve sites within the 300ha SSSI will be managed to ensure that a mosaic of reedbed, wet meadow, scrub and woodland habitat is maintained at favourable conservation status.
As recently as September 2012 the Habitats Regulations have been updated. It is important to be aware of this but equally you need to ensure that anyone you are in contact with and need to engage with regard to habitats is aware of them as well.
Cain Blythe recently chaired a session at the 8th European Conference on Ecological Restoration in the Czech Republic. As the name of the conference suggests this is an important event that looks at the development of ecological restoration across Europe, both in terms of the scientific development of the restoration process but also the practical application and engagement with various public bodies. A good example of this is the European Union Biodiversity Strategy that has set the target of increasing the restoration of degraded ecosystems by at least 15% before 2020.
As of 16th August 2012, the regulations concerning the protection of habitats and species of wild birds have changed. The aim of the amendments to the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 is “To help preserve, maintain and re-establish habitats for wild birds.”