Great crested newt licensing process has been simplified

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 05/23/2013
Natural England has improved its current regulation system for great crested newt licensing, by simplifying the process  in a move designed to see more newt licence applications receiving a licence on first submission of the application.

Natura 2000 network worth €300bn a year

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) ACIEEM on 04/15/2013
One of the most important European networks of protected wildlife sites has been valued at €300bn a year.

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

Posted by Suzi Day on 04/12/2013
Members of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management have now successfully  petitioned Her Majesty the Queen for a Royal Charter.

Keep it British!

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 03/22/2013
Ecologists always encourage the use of native plant species within landscape plans for schemes, as these usually provide the most benefit to wildlife. Research by scientists at Anglia Ruskin University has shown that the presence of exotic, non-native trees and shrubs is having a negative impact on bird populations in British parks, therefore supporting the recommendation to keep plant species British when designing schemes. 

New five-step planning tool makes the most of urban green spaces

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 03/22/2013
A new five-step process has now been developed that can inform effective planning to protect and enhance the value of urban green spaces.

The utility of the Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators 2010 (SEBI 2010)

Posted by Dr Alan Feest PhD FCIWEM MIEEM PGCE on 03/12/2013
The need for an ecosystem function approach to the measurement of biodiversity and the development of a common currency for measuring is expressed and compared to the results published by Butchardt et al. (2010) and Va?ká? et al. (2012).

Nationwide Great Crested Newt Surveys launched

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 03/07/2013
Natural England is launching a detailed great crested newt survey programme across England. The information from this large scale project will provide a high resolution population distribution model for England

Bat Survey Licence Changes for Ecological Consultants

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 02/28/2013
The process of getting a bat licence to undertake roost visits and disturb or handle bats for conservation or ecological consultancy purposes, has recently been altered to ensure greater clarity between licence types and the introduction of a class system.

POSTnote (Feb 2013): Planning decisions and biodiversity

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 02/25/2013
Built developments and mineral extraction can bring social benefits. However, if developments decrease biodiversity there could be a net loss of human well-being. Planning policy is devolved and a new POSTnote sets out how the information on impacts of proposed developments on biodiversity is given to planners in England. It also summarises approaches to enhance biodiversity and avoid, mitigate and compensate for negative impacts.

Five non-native invasive aquatic plant species banned

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 02/20/2013
A new ban on the sale of non-native invasive plants will be strictly enforced, with retailers having a year to stop stocking these banned plants. After this period anyone who continues to sell these plants faces a £5000 fine and six months in prison.

Access to the natural environment between social groups

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 02/13/2013
Research has shown that more exposure to the natural environment can reduce childhood obesity as well as allowing them to gain a more positive sense of place and improvement in mental health issues.

The Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi)

Posted by Michael Williams on 02/12/2013
The wasp spider is a large species that has increased in range over the last few decades