Ecology Blog

How to avoid unnecessary ecology delays to your development

What causes unnecessary delays? Seasonal constraints: The survey season varies for the different protected species we have in the UK. For bats, it peaks between May and September, for great crested newts there is only a small window from April to the end of June. Being aware of when surveys can be carried out for [...]

2018-11-02T11:07:17+00:00November 2nd, 2018|

Hedgehogs on site?

Everyone loves hedgehogs, but how are they considered on development sites? Here are a few key considerations: 1. Where are you likely to find hedgehogs? Hedgehogs are found across much of the UK. Gardens, hedgerows, woodlands and parklands are all important habitats. In summer hedgehogs can roam 1-2 km per night [...]

2018-05-02T11:17:44+00:00May 2nd, 2018|

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Consultation

What is NPPF?     The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, 2012) sets out the Government’s planning policies for England providing guidance for planners and developers. It also provides guidance on development and the natural environment helping to protect priority habitats, species and protected sites for example from development. Section [...]

2018-04-04T15:52:53+00:00April 4th, 2018|

National Tree Week

The value of trees     From the 25th November to 3rd December it’s National Tree Week, the UK’s biggest tree festival! This event is run by The Tree Council and is dedicated to celebrating the beauty and benefits that trees bring to our lives. It first began in 1975 [...]

2018-02-02T14:29:09+00:00December 1st, 2017|

Reptiles in the UK – What you need to know

Although sometimes surprising to some, the UK is home to 6 native species of reptiles. 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 [...]

2018-02-02T14:50:40+00:00August 3rd, 2017|

Great Crested Newt eDNA

As the UK’s most highly protected amphibian species, protection and preservation of the great crested newt is of upmost importance. Having seen severe population declines over the past 50 years, great crested newts are protected under wildlife legislation and is it illegal to deliberately capture, injure, disturb or kill them or [...]

2018-02-02T14:54:42+00:00April 19th, 2017|

Invasive Species

It’s Invasive Species Week! So here’s our contribution: A species we occasionally come across – Giant hogweed. Luckily, we know that we need to steer clear! It can cause blistering of the skin and scarring if the plant is handled without full protective clothing and gloves. In the first year of [...]

2018-02-02T14:55:21+00:00March 30th, 2017|
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