Dormouse Survey Results

Posted by Marc Anderton on 12/05/2014
There are a few ways of surveying for dormouse which include nest searches, hair tube surveys, live traps and dormouse nest boxes.

New Development Bat Licence to be Launched by Natural England

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 11/03/2014
Natural England is looking to planning a new development bat licence. The Bat Low Impact Licence is designed to simplify the licensing of certain bat projects. The licence would streamline licence applications for schemes that have a low impact on bat roosts. Savings to developers during the initial trial are estimated to be over £180,000 and 444 weeks saved in possible delays to development.

Bristol University Intern Fair and Collaboration

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 10/31/2014
Ecosulis attended the Bristol University Internship Career’s Fair on 30 October 2014. The aim of the fair is to assist environmental and science students with their chosen career, and to offer placements to give potential ecologists relevant work experience and also to strengthen our collaborations with the University. 

Biodiversity Measurement and the IPBES

Posted by Dr Alan Feest PhD CEco FCIWEM MIEEM PGCE on 10/29/2014
Alan Feest joined the second plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which has the aim of assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.

The Large Blue Butterfly in Bath

Posted by Michael Williams - MCIEEM BSc (Hons) on 10/28/2014
With news of further reintroduction sites around the country, is it possible that the Large Blue will once again be found in the “hills near Bath”? 

Green Open Spaces are Good for our Health

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 10/10/2014
Everyone knows that fresh air is good for you, and escaping to wide open green spaces or the coast has health benefits. A recent study by the Institute of Health Equality highlights the growing evidence that green spaces benefit our health and wellbeing.

SSSI Impact Risk Zones

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 10/03/2014
Natural England have created a new tool that measures Impact Risk Zones for Sites of Special Scientific Interest that will benefit developers when undertaking impact assessments for proposed construction works. 

Wisent in the Wild - Rewilding Habitats for European Bison in the Tarcu Mountains

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 10/03/2014
Cain Blythe at Ecosulis recently visited the Tarcu Mountains, Romania, to find out about rewilding habitats, in search of the Wisent (European Bison).

Bat Mitigation Success!

Posted by Marc Anderton on 09/15/2014
Priory Farm, a successful example of lesser horseshoe bat mitigation. 

New Techniques to control Himalayan Balsam

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 08/27/2014
Himalayan balsam may soon meet its match as Defra search for a natural control, in the form of an Indian fungus.

Water Vole Guidance Update

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 06/25/2014
New water vole guidelines are set to be released towards the end of this year. There are likely to be some significant changes to the way water vole surveys need to be undertaken, and how water vole mitigation strategies can be implemented.

Glow Worms

Posted by Michael Williams - MCIEEM BSc (Hons) on 06/11/2014
According to the UK Glow Worm Survey, most glow worm colonies have probably been close to their present locations for a long time, possibly hundreds or thousands of years. Attempts to relocate them or introduce them to new areas are usually unsuccessful.