Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 30/01/2013

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? Do you ever get the feeling they seem to be everywhere in the UK?

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 23/01/2013

We all know the benefits of enjoying the countryside and fresh air. A stroll through the countryside, along the banks of a canal or to the local park can improve our mood, reduce stress and help keep off those unwanted pounds. However, now an American tool has been developed to illustrate the link between human health and natural habitats.

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 18/01/2013

Great crested newts on your development site can sometimes be seen as an inconvenience and a problem. They can cause additional expense and delays to construction programmes as they have specific seasonal constraints. However, if handled the right way they don’t have to be. They can even add value to your development.

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 13/12/2012

One of the main sources of this renewable energy will be from wind turbines, and extensive research has been undertaken to assess the impacts of wind farms on wildlife, particularly bird species. Another source of renewable energy currently under development is wave and tidal energy. Awareness of impacts on seabirds as a result of these schemes are not so widely publicised, and limited research has been undertaken to assess the impacts of these schemes of the UK’s seabird populations.

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 10/12/2012

The UK experienced the wettest summer for 100 years, with recent flooding affecting the whole country. The wet weather has led to poor foraging conditions for a range of species, particularly bats. Bats forage on invertebrates and usually require dry conditions to leave the roost to forage during the summer months. High rainfall reduces invertebrate activity, and therefore limits foraging opportunities for bats.