Ecological Enhancements for Development

by Paul Whitby

There’s no doubt that our natural environment is in trouble. You only have to pick up a newspaper or turn on the television to hear about the stark reality. Consequently, the requirement for development to consider ecological issues is firmly embedded in legislation and the planning system. The good news is that if biodiversity is […]

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Habitat Regulations Assessment

by Paul Whitby

Our mini-series on the primary ecological surveys and reports that are required as part of the planning process, concludes in this blog post with Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA); but to start with, we have a couple of general updates: firstly, we’d like to reassure all of our clients that we continue to keep up to […]

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Covid 19 Update – Ecology and wildlife

by Paul Whitby

Over the last few weeks we have all had to adapt to the rapidly changing situation with regards to COVID-19. As mentioned in our previous post, we have been closely following UK government advice and have modified our methods of operation accordingly. We thought it useful in this post to provide a summary of recent […]

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Ecological Impact Assessment

by Paul Whitby

Before we pick up the main focus of today’s post, it’s worth commenting on how ecology work has been progressing in light of the current coronavirus situation since our last update. Lockdown has continued over the last few weeks along with social distancing measures, and we have therefore been undertaking our surveys within these constraints […]

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Ecology Co-op work during the COVID-19 crisis

by Paul Whitby

We have been closely following UK government advice with regards to COVID-19 and the dynamic situation that we find ourselves in. In accordance with current advice and knowledge about the virus, we have made a number of changes to our methods of working to ensure that safe working practices are being upheld. In addition to […]

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Brexit update and PEA

by Paul Whitby

Before we reach the main focus of today’s blog post, it’s worth mentioning the recent exit from the European Union (EU) and how this affects ecology. We are currently going through a transition period (set to continue until the end of the year) and during this time, the EU regulations (and policy) are proposed to […]

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Protected Species Surveys

by Paul Whitby

Spring is definitely in the air, in between the endless rain showers, and that means we are entering the main spring/summer survey season; therefore, it seems an opportune time to follow on from our last post – which focused on Preliminary Ecological Appraisal – with a closer look at protected species surveys and reports. A […]

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The Agriculture Bill 2020

by Paul Whitby

The introduction of the Agriculture Bill on 16 January, signals a new approach to farming in England – one that focuses on paying farmers for ‘public goods’; but what exactly does this mean and how will our natural environment benefit? The new approach replaces the former grants and subsidies issued under the Common Agricultural Policy […]

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Key drivers for an ecology survey

by Paul Whitby

Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2020 with a post focusing on the key drivers for undertaking ecology surveys and reporting, that are required as part of the planning process. In other words, why is it necessary to commission certain surveys and reports? Let’s start off with a closer look at protected species: It is […]

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Winter Surveys

by Paul Whitby

There is a common myth that ecologists spend the winter months with their feet up waiting for spring to arrive and the hullabaloo of the main survey season. Whilst it is true that a few of our protected species hibernate or become less active over winter, the season provides excellent opportunities for undertaking a number […]

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