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.”
It is widely acknowledged that bees are among the most important pollinators, and concerns have been raised as to declines of many species in recent years. The last week has seen two important announcements that could benefit our native honey and bumblebees.
Nigel Brooke-Smith, an Ecology MSc student at Bath Spa university, analysed Ecosulis Great Crested Newt survey (http://www.ecosulis.co.uk/page/great-crested-newt) data from 2010 and 2011. He found that there is a strong link between habitat (as measured by habitat suitability index or
In September 2011, Natural England released New Reptile Mitigation Guidelines for Developers, which Ecosulis quickly reviewed and planned to implement. In October 2011, Natural England decided to withdraw the first edition of the Reptile Mitigation Guidelines (September 2011), in order to seek further feedback and to provide further clarification. Natural England proposes to reissue the public
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:
Ecosulis is delighted to support the south west charity Countryside Mobility (www.countrysidemobility.org) by donating an 8GB iPod Touch as a prize at their open day in May to launch their exciting new Countryside Mobility scheme!
The Countryside Mobility scheme provides easy access to the countryside for people with disabilities living in and visiting South West England through a mobility scooter hire scheme.
Ecosulis are delighted to have been awarded a contract to cut fenland vegetation on Frilford Heath SSSI in Oxfordshire for Natural England.
The acid grassland, heathland and associated valley fens at Frilford Heath are unique in southern England. The site has an exceptionally diverse flora and fauna, with over 400 species of vascular plants recorded, including many national rarities, together with rare beetles, flies, bees and other insects.