Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM

Posted by Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 26/09/2011

It is now necessary for any proposed development in Dorset that affects a bat roost to obtain a Certificate of Approval from the Dorset County Council's Natural Environment Team prior to submitting a planning application.  This requires the following above and beyond bat surveys, impact assessment (pre-planning) and Natural England licence applications (post-planning):

Posted by Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 21/07/2011

July sees the completion of Contract 4 at Wichelstowe.  Contract 4 included the construction of roads and associated structures between East Wichel and Mill Lane (including a section of the Croft Road to Hay Land Link Road, the Central Distributor Road and the bus and cycle STAr route), a 1km stretch of canal, amenity lakes and attenuation ponds, two wildlife ponds and a

Posted by Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 17/03/2011

The weather is becoming milder and amphibians are stirring out of hibernation and there have already been several sightings in ponds.  This indicates the start of the great crested newt survey season (mid-March to mid-June)!  In preparation, Ecosulis has reflected back on our newt survey results from 79 ponds in 2010 and considers how the relatively new Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) is being used and what benefits it brings to the consideration of newts and works affecting newt habitat.