Bees and apples have a symbiotic relationship. Bees pollinate the flowers, allowing the fruit to grow – good news for the cider companies – and the apple trees themselves provide pollen and nectar early in the year, which is great for the bees as it gives them food. In the UK, 70% of our food crops are pollinated by bees, so they are crucial in our society.
Following the RSPB’s campaign “Give nature a home where you live” http://homes.rspb.org.uk/there are many ways to introduce new species to your garden via habitat creation that have relatively no cost and will only improve the garden’s natural beauty.
Renewable energy schemes are controversial, and usually require a range of ecology surveys to assess the full impact on protected species, particularly bats and birds. They are usually associated with having a negative and detrimental impact on ecology and protected species.
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.
On 27 March 2012, the UK Government published its final version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which sets out the Government's planning policies for England and how they should be applied.
The final NPPF is an improvement (for nature conservation) over the initial draft that went out for consultation in 2011, however there are still some concerns.
Wiltshire, 16th March 2011- Ecosulis has had a great start in 2011 and is delighted to have been awarded two prestigious habitat creation projects in quick succession. Following a competitive tendering process, Ecosulis were selected by the Environment Agency and are now mobilising teams to complete the work within the critical timeframes available.
Ecosulis attended the above seminar on 3 December 2010, which is the first of many proposed by the University of Exeter’s ‘Big Dilemmas’ project. The symposium was video conferenced in two locations, Exeter and Tremough, and speakers were present at both locations.
Keynote Speakers included:
Potential options for management of land adjacent to Camden Crescent in Bath are being investigated by a subcommittee of Camden Residents Association. The initial objective is to improve public safety within and around the site. To achieve this, it will be necessary to create views from Camden Crescent through to the site by selective tree removal. This creates an opportunity to enhance the site and manage it as a functional space, and at the same time promote biodiversity gain.