Although sometimes surprising to some, the UK is home to 6 native reptile species. We have three snakes; the grass snake (Natrix natrix), the adder (Vipera berus) and the smooth snake (Coronella austriaca), and three lizards; the common lizard (Zootoca vivipara), the sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) and the slow-worm (Anguis fragilis). [...]
Acorn Ecology is pleased to announce that we have been awarded with ISO 14001. This is a world-recognised accreditation from the International Standards Organization. The ISO 14001 recognises the efforts of an organisation to manage its environmental responsibilities. This responsibility is reflected in all aspects of the business, including, for example, [...]
Desired experience Recent or previous experience in ecological consultancy or wildlife charity (Essential) Attendance of training courses relevant to ecology (Essential) Ecological survey experience including Phase 1, botanical, bats, GCN, badgers, reptiles and dormouse (Desirable) Bat licence, great crested newt licence or dormouse licence (Desirable) Person specification Relevant degree in ecology [...]
The much more common brown long-eared bat (P. Gould) We've got some exciting news! Another grey long-eared bat roost has been confirmed in East Devon. As you may have read in our post last year, we found a grey long-eared bat in a roost in East Devon and confirmed the [...]
Jess, an ecologist at Acorn Ecology Exeter Office, now has a Natural England licence to survey for hazel dormice. Jess has been working towards her licence for the last couple of seasons, going out with her trainer each month over the survey season. As well as training on NDMP (National Dormouse [...]
Sarah has returned from her holiday with tales of flying doors and snowy mountains... "It seems that spring is arriving at last. I saw the first signs of bird nesting activity last week– but you’ll never guess the species! I saw a white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) carrying a stick, perhaps more [...]
Wildlife licensing: New policies for EPSLs CIEEM are currently running a series of webinars on various subjects. Today we attended one on the new Protected Species Licensing policies in England. Staff from Natural England (Paul Horswill and Rob Cameron) gave an overview of the new policies. A consultation was held in early 2016 [...]
This week we are celebrating Sarah Candlin’s 10th year with the company. Sarah was Acorn Ecology’s first employee, joining Sue and marking the start of Acorn Ecology’s growth. When Sarah started she had just finished her degree in Environmental Biology and was embarking on her career as an ecologist. A lot [...]
Our congratulations go out to Sarah Candlin who has been promoted to Branch Manager, Exeter and Principal Ecologist due to her high level of expertise and organisational ability. Sarah joined the company in 2007 as a Trainee Ecologist so she has fully developed her career with Acorn Ecology. She now heads up the Exeter Team [...]
We are proud to announce that in November 2016 we gained the world-recognised accreditation of ISO 9001 – Quality Management Systems. The company continues to work hard on improving its systems and quality of products and services to its clients. This is a great recognition that we are doing well.
Today we received the results of a DNA sample sent off with droppings from this little guy. They confirmed what we hoped which is that he is Grey Long-Eared Bat. They are amongst the rarest bats to be found in the UK so we are very pleased to have had it confirmed.
Do you or your team lack knowledge about ecology or protected species, especially in relation to developments? Would some tailored training help? Acorn Ecology runs one of the top training centres for ecology in the UK, with our head office being in Exeter, and we are increasingly being asked by companies to provide specific, bespoke [...]
The season is ticking away, and we already have lots of wildlife surveys booked in, plus the all important preliminary ecological appraisals to help our clients identify any ecological constraints in their project designs. Are you on track? Protected species surveys are restricted to specific seasons [...]
Contents: What are protected species doing this month? Find out how habitat management can influence the species (and therefore surveys required) on your site. New bat survey guidelines - what does this mean for you? What are protected species doing during APRIL? Activity [...]