European biodiversity indicators

Posted by Dr Alan Feest PhD on 12/14/2010
The European Environment Agency (EEA) based in Copenhagen was tasked with setting up a system of indicators that could be used to show progress (or not) towards the 2010 international target (and EU commitment) to reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity and the results of this process and the final indicators are the subject of this report. As Published in In Practice - Bulletin of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

Localism Bill - In a Pickle?

Posted by Rod Ellison on 12/09/2010
As we wrote earlier this year the Localism agenda proposes broad changes to our planning system. It was due to be passed in November and yet it seems likely that it will not be passed until next year.

The University of Exeter Big Dilemma Symposium: The Future of Renewable Energy in the UK – Lessons from the Severn Barrage

Posted by Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 12/07/2010
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. There was a strong opinion from some panelists and members of the audience that as well as promoting and supporting renewable energy schemes to increase the percentage of renewables in the energy mix, it is critical that action is taken now to reduce carbon emissions/energy consumption within the home, workplace and from the products and materials we use.

Ecosulis Reptile Survey and Mitigation

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) on 12/06/2010
There are six species of reptile native to the UK; adders, slow worms, grass snakes, smooth snakes, sand lizards and common lizards. This Blog summarises planning considerations (legal and policy) where suitable reptile habitat is present on a development site.

Aliens Invade Bath!

Posted by Michael Williams - AIEEM BSc (Hons) on 12/01/2010
Our Entomologist Mike Williams relays some of his experience dealing with the horror (!) of alien species and considers "would a giant spider or a ladybird be a bigger threat to Britain's wildlife?"

Solar panels on roofs - Avoiding potential impacts on birds and bats

Posted by James Tristram BSc (Hons) on 12/01/2010
Impacts on wildlife through the installation of solar panels is unlikely to have significant impacts on wildlife, but may require careful consideration to ensure they do not cause obstruction or disturbance. The Ecosulis team are happy to lend advice on what surveys are required to ensure that any solar installations fall within current wildlife legislation, as well as offering ideas of how best to accommodate birds and bats within the built environment.

Invertebrate survey for UKBAP and Red Data Book species

Posted by Michael Williams - AIEEM BSc (Hons) on 12/01/2010
Ecosulis undertakes a range of specialist invertebrate surveys across the UK. On sites of invertebrate interest, good mitigation and conservation schemes depend on the reliable identification of invertebrate species. Once the identifications are complete, Ecosulis is able to put together site-specific recommendations, tailored to the species found and species that may eventually colonise the site. Here is a detailed account of surveys undertaken by Ecosulis of a brownfield site in Wales.

Ways to Minimise Your Ecological Risks

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 11/29/2010
Read this blog to discover how Ecosulis's countryside management and landscaping services can help you to minimise your ecological risks and maximise benefits.

Measuring Biodiversity

Posted by Alan Feest & Cain Blythe on 11/26/2010
During the International Year of Biodiversity one of the key issues that scientists, politicians and decision makers have struggled with is how to effectively monitor, measure and interpret changes in biodiversity, particularly where susceptible, relict and less accessible environments are concerned. This blog introduces Ecosulis’s approach to measuring biodiversity.

Growth and diverse project work for Ecosulis’s EIA and Planning Team

Posted by Rod Ellison on 11/25/2010
Ecosulis EIA has sucessful grown and diversified project work load during the last six months. They are currently very excited to be involved in supporting the development of local PV arrays.

Recent appointment - Providing hydrological and noise expertise to the wind sector

Posted by Rod Ellison on 11/25/2010
Ecosulis was recently appointed to manage hydrogeological and ETSU noise assesment for a six turbine development. Our method for the ETSU assessment was informed by our extensive research into what constitutes a robust assessment. We are confident that the approach adopted will significant reduce consenting risk.

Ecosulis Facilitates Pipeline Diversion in Pembrokeshire National Park

Posted by Rod Ellison on 11/25/2010
Ecosulis EIA and Planning team has assisted Capita Symonds/Wales and West Utilities in obtaining consent from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for a pipeline diversion in Fishguard, Wales. From being appointed Ecosulis obtained the determination from DECC in only eight weeks.