EcoNorth's Bat Training Event 2020

EcoNorth’s GCN and Bat Training Events 2020 – POSTPONED

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Update on EcoNorth’s GCN and Bat Training Events Following the most recent government and industry guidance on the Covid-19 / Coronavirus pandemic, EcoNorth has taken the decision to postpone the great crested newt and bat survey training events scheduled for 24 and 31 March 2020 respectively.  The health and wellbeing of our staff, subcontractors and clients is […]

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Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Water Voles: Protection, Surveying and Reintroduction

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Protection Water voles are fully protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and are a priority UK Biodiversity Action Plan (JNCC, 2008) species. Despite being categorised as “least concern” by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN, 2016), water voles are a significant part of riparian ecosystems.  As well as […]

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Grass Cutting - May 2019

Summer Grass Cutting

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Summer is finally here!  I am sure I am not alone in thinking there’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly cut grass on a midsummer’s day.  Before you fight through the dust and cobwebs to the back of your shed and rescue the lawn mower or strimmer, there is something you really should consider… […]

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Ecological Mitigation

Changes to Protected Species Licensing

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What You Need to Know For Your Development As of April 2019, Natural England will be introducing charges for protected species license applications. Developers will have to navigate through these changes, and EcoNorth are here to help. When will charging be implemented? Natural England have taken a phased approach to introducing charges: 1st April -Dormouse […]

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Wildlife Trust Consultancies First National Conference, Birmingham

Wildlife Trust Consultancies’ First National Conference

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The first national conference to be held by the Wildlife Trust Consultancies took place on Thursday 28 February 2019 at Maple House in Birmingham.  Approximately sixty people were in attendance including Managing Directors, Ecologists, Field Surveyors and Support Staff. The extent of the consultancies’ collaboration with the Wildlife Trusts and their support for the Trusts’ […]

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Breeding Bird photo (Snipe) taken by David Gill

Breeding Bird Survey Season

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When does the breeding bird survey season begin? The survey season begins in earnest in March 2019. Where can breeding and nesting birds be found? Breeding and nesting birds can be found in all sorts of places, including open grassland which need to be cleared for development. Protected species of ground-nesting birds which may be […]

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River bank stabilisation by Thomas Wilson and Angus Walker of EcoNorth

Ecologically Sound River Bank Stabilisation

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As part of EcoNorth’s wide range of ecological services, we are proud to offer practical solutions to habitat management, including cases of stream or river bank erosion.  Where the persistent waterflow is responsible for the removal of bank material and resulting bank subsidence, there are several soft engineering interventions to consider that create and enhance […]

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