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.
Landscape design is key to development schemes, but sometimes it can be difficult to include biodiversity enhancements due to pressures associated with budgets and timescales.
The Biodiversity Planning Toolkit is a new online resource launched in 2011 and developed by the Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE). The aim of the toolkit is to enable users to incorporate biodiversity features within their development design.
Halloween is here and it seems that bats are everywhere, but most of those not made of plastic are likely to be finding places to get safely tucked up for the winter; hibernating in buildings, caves and trees across the country. And our hard-working ecologists can take a well earned breather; many long evenings and (very) early mornings of bat surveys are over for another year!
Natural England’s European Protected Species Newsletter (July 2011) raised some serious concerns over some consultants advice in respect to when a mitigation licence is required. Specifically these relate to: