Ecosulis Appoints a Wetland Specialist as Associate Director

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 03/23/2011
Ecosulis is pleased to announce the appointment of Glyn Onione, a specialist with over 30 years experience in wetland creation and restoration.

Forest sell-off: U-turns, public & political outcry & forestry panels

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 03/18/2011
The debate relating to forests continues, with the Environment Secretary announcing ongoing plans for a forests panel to hold hearings across England.

Renewable Heat Incentive Announcement

Posted by Roderick Ellison - MSc BSc (Hons) AIEMA on 03/18/2011
Following many months of discussion and speculation, The Coalition Government has now released the details of the RHI - Renewable Heat Incentive.

Evaluating Great Crested Newt Habitat Suitability Index and Population Survey Results

Posted by Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 03/17/2011
The weather is becoming milder and amphibians are stirring out of hibernation and there have already been several sightings in ponds. This indicates the start of the great crested newt survey season (mid-March and mid-June)! In preparation, Ecosulis has reflected back on our newt survey results from 79 ponds in 2010 and considers how the relatively new Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) is being used and what benefits it brings to the consideration of newts and works affecting newt habitat.

Ecosulis Awarded Two Prestigious Environment Agency Habitat Creation Projects

Posted by on 03/16/2011
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.

Hydropower Scheme on the River Teme, Ludlow, Shropshire

Posted by Lisa Peirce on 03/16/2011
Ecosulis were appointed by Rewables First to support applications for a full Abstraction and an Impoundment Licences. The scope of our appointment included undertaking an extended Phase 1 habitat, River Corridor, River Habitat and otter surveys. The results of the surveys were summarised and potential impacts and mitigation outlined in a ecological supporting statement.

Delivering Green Infrastructure Benefits

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 03/15/2011
The delivery of green infrastructure benefits – for example the integration of biodiversity to ensure the linkage of habitats and creation of attractive landscapes - is once again in the spotlight. This article outlines why there is an increasing need to address the issue, including through planning policies, when companies are planning new developments or are performing upgrades to current infrastructure.

Ecosulis Awarded Two Environment Agency Habitat Creation Projects

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 03/09/2011
With almost a quarter of a million native species to plant, Ecosulis is looking forward to the challenge of creating new and biodiverse habitats at Attenborough Lakes SSSI in Nottingham and at Tilgate Lake, Crawley as part of the ongoing flood alleviation schemes.

New feed in tariffs published

Posted by Roderick Ellison on 03/02/2011
Feed in tariffs increased for 2011/2012 financial year by 4.8%

Save our solar campaign and changes to FIT

Posted by Roderick Ellison - MSc BSc (Hons) AIEMA on 03/02/2011
Ecosulis attended Ecobuild at Excel in east London on Tuesday 1 March 2011. The conference is one of the world’s largest conferences on sustainable building and renewable energy (micro to medium scale). At the conference we noticed a 'Save our Solar Campaign'. Ecosulis has been involved in the feasibility and planning related work for local solar PV field arrays and has been surprised that the 'greenest government ever' has threatened to cut Feed In Tariff (FIT) for these projects.

Controversies associated with hydroelectric power systems

Posted by Roderick Ellison - MSc BSc (Hons) AIEMA on 02/18/2011
This blog considers both the controversial aspects and also positive effects of developing a site for hydroelectric power.

140 Nature reserves to be rescued by wardens

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 02/18/2011
It has been revealed in the Independent newspaper that wardens working in 140 state-run National Nature Reserves in England are looking to form their own mutual company.