IEEM - Planning Reform in England

Posted by Jason M. Reeves AIEEM on 04/02/2012
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. Jason M. Reeves AIEEM, Policy and Information Officer for the Instituteof Ecology and Environmental Management, reviews.

An External View of Ecosulis Newt Survey Results

Posted by Suzi Day on 03/14/2012
Nigel Brooke-Smith, an Ecology MSc student at Bath Spa university, analysed Ecosulis Great Crested Newt survey data from 2010 and 2011.


Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) ACIEEM on 03/07/2012
Are you ready?! It’s that time of year again; the first frogs are spotted in garden ponds and ecologists begin to think about donning their waders in preparation for the great crested newt survey season.

Success for the Proposals and Invertebrate Survey Teams

Posted by Marina Martin BSc on 02/27/2012
Ecosulis pass into the third stage of the tender process for a prestigious Natural England SSSI Contract

Sydenham Hill Pond Works

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 01/04/2012
Pond restoration work completed for London Wildlife Trust, funded by SITA Trust and Dulwich Estates.

Oooo Arrrr Cider!

Posted by Suzi Day and Kate Hayward on 12/23/2011
A very short history of Cider by a Cider-drinker!

The Scottish Government is - on target to be generating 100% of their electricity demand from renewables by 2020 demonstrating w

Posted by Michael Williams on 12/22/2011
It is hugely impressive that the Scottish government is currently on target to meet their goal of generating the equivalent of 100% of electricity demand from renewables by 2020. In contrast it is harder to identify how the coalition has supported the sector so that England can meet its 2020 obligations.

Localism and Public Consultation

Posted by James Tristram on 12/14/2011
The Localism Act 2011 has modified what is required in terms of public consultation in support of planning applications. We consider how carefully-planned communication campaigns can enhance public/developer relations, reduce objections and increase the likelihood of permission being granted.

Ecosulis Awarded Prestigious Lake Enhancement Project by Royal Parks Agency

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 12/08/2011
The Royal Parks Agency have appointed Ecosulis to help conserve and enhance the natural and built environment of Regents Park.

Ecosulis services over the winter period

Posted by Michael Williams - AIEEM BSc (Hons) on 12/07/2011
Winter is a great time to undertake and plan for a range of ecological surveys. Careful consideration of ecological surveys can help with efficient project programming and avoid potentially costly delays at planning and construction phases of development

Can DNA analysis help save time and costs associated with bat licences?

Posted by James Tristram BSc (Hons) on 11/30/2011
Bat dropping DNA analysis can prove essential for the differentiation of the more cryptic species, having an impact on future mitigation and management and could significantly reduce delays and costs associated with further bat surveys.

2011 Reptile Mitigation Guidelines Withdrawn

Posted by Sara King BSc & Hannah Maben BSc MIEEM on 11/29/2011
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. Here we consider the implications of this on reptile surveys and mitigation strategies undertaken since September 2011 and going forward into 2012.