Great Crested Newt Survey Season Has Arrived!

Posted by Sarah Booley on 03/08/2016
While the full survey period for great crested newts is March to June, don't forget that at least two survey visits need to be completed between mid-April and mid-May. That gives only 2.5 months to get the survey priced, commissioned and completed where GCN are present. 

Is Your Planning Application British Standard for Biodiversity (BS42020) Compliant?

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 03/04/2016
The British Standard for Biodiversity BS42020 was published in 2013, however it is only just starting to filter into planning applications and is becoming increasing recognised as a standard to adhere to. This blog summarises the benefit of working to the standards.

Trends in Biodiversity: Update on Biodiversity Indicators

Posted by Sarah Booley on 02/23/2016
The most recent JNCC Biodiversity Indicators report provides an update on long and short term trends across key biodiversity indicators and is based on an easy to interpret ‘traffic light’ system. 


Posted by Frances Bennett on 02/23/2016
There have been reports of bats and reptiles already active this year as well as amphibians heading towards breeding ponds and even frog-spawn present in ponds around the country. This blog explores the implications of this and lists some of the most frequently encountered early risers! 

Birds of Conservation Concern (BOCC) Update – An Ever Growing Red List

Posted by Annie Hatt BSc (Hons) on 02/23/2016
Last reviewed in 2009, the fourth update of the status has been completed, showing a large movement of species, unfortunately many in the wrong direction. 

New Bat Survey Guidelines - Changes that Affect You

Posted by Ecosulis Consulting Team on 02/03/2016
The Third Edition of the Bat Conservation Trust Good Practice Guidelines (sponsored by Ecosulis) have just been released. Here is an overview of what you need to know, and how it may affect your upcoming projects.

James and the Giant Chipper - Extreme Vegetation Clearance!

Posted by James Edwards on 01/27/2016
...The Dutch Dragon Chipper had arrived! It was huge! At around 20m long and weighing 40t fully laden it is a very impressive piece of kit – the chipper alone is powered by a 550hp engine...

A Year in the Life of a Biodiversity Expert

Posted by Annie Hatt on 01/27/2016
Dr Alan Feest is Scientific Advisor to Ecosulis and a world renowned expert in biodiversity valuation. Here's a summary of his achievements in 2015. 

How to Get Your GCN/Bat Licence Approved First Time

Posted by Sarah Booley on 01/22/2016
Natural England have provided some tips as to how to improve your chances of securing a European Protected Species licence first time, including those relating to bats and newts... 

The End of Great Crested Newt Surveys?!

Posted by Sarah Booley on 01/22/2016
Natural England and Woking Borough Council have launched a pilot scheme to explore whether a new system can be implemented to save developers cost and money whilst providing more comprehensive mitigation and compensation for great crested newts. 

New Ecological Impact Assessment Guidelines Published

Posted by Sarah Booley on 01/22/2016
Ecological Impact Assessment guidance has been updated with emerging changes in approaches to valuing nature as well as mitigation. The main changes that are found within the new guidance consist of the inclusion of ecosystem services and natural capital as important ecological features to be considered and the inclusion of Biodiversity off-setting as a ‘last resort’ compensation measure.

Flooding: 5 Things You didn’t Know!

Posted by Frances Bennett on 01/22/2016
Habitat creation methods ranging from ditch restoration, using large woody debris and reintroduction of beaver can all help alleviate the effects of flooding - here are 5 key facts to demonstrate this.