Seasonal Assistant Ecologist x 2

We Are Recruiting: 2 x Seasonal Assistant Ecologist

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Job Requirements EcoNorth Ltd is looking to recruit two suitably experienced Seasonal Assistant Ecologists to join our growing consultancy, to organise and take part in ecological survey work, GIS and report writing for projects throughout the UK and Ireland (where appropriate).  The successful candidates must be passionate about wildlife whilst demonstrating commitment to our ethos …

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Constructionline Gold Level Membership Attained

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EcoNorth is proud to announce that we have successfully attained Constructionline Gold level membership. The purpose of the Constructionline portal is to enable buyers to quickly identify high quality construction suppliers they can confidently engage with to complete a wide range of projects.  Different levels of memberships are available.  EcoNorth’s previously held Silver level membership …

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Climbing In The Pursuit of Bats

EcoNorth’s tree climbing A-team were out in force during September, undertaking a series of aerial inspections within a large cluster of mature and veteran trees, on the look out for roosting bats. With our endoscopes and climbing gear in tow, we headed south.

An aerial inspection, as the name suggests, involves accessing a tree canopy using specialist climbing equipment, which allows us – all licensed surveyors – to complete a comprehensive internal inspection of possible bat roost features from close range. Features of interest usually include woodpecker holes, lifted bark, branch cavities and hollow branch scars. Although this requires a head for heights, getting up close and personal offers a more robust assessment of potential roosts than is otherwise possible. Nonetheless, keep a look out next time you’re in the woods – chances are you’re not far away from a bat roost!

During the trip in Surrey we basked in the last of the summer sun, interrupted only by a few forgivable showers. The dry weather made for some brilliant climbing. Over the course of six intensive days,  our three person team managed to inspect over sixty trees scattered across six different sites. A handful of veteran sweet chestnut and English oak trees were especially tricky. One such sweet chestnut was the cause of three snagged and snapped throwlines – used to establish a climbing rope to a suitable climbing anchor – as well as the high density of perilously positioned bat roost features.

Most of the features inspected were considered superficial, that is to say they had no bat roost potential. However, the occasional woodpecker hole or trunk hollow cavity contained bat droppings, which were sampled and sent off for DNA analysis for species verification. Upon the completion of our climbing marathon, all of our hard won data was consolidated and issued to the client, which will ultimately inform the application for a Natural England Protected Species Mitigation Licence.

We had an adrenaline and fun filled few days, which was a great way to end what has been a very busy bat survey season.

Why would I need a tree climbing survey and what are the advantages?

Inspections or surveys from the ground may be hindered by leaf cover or ivy growth (often coinciding with the height of bat activity season), which can make it difficult to identify exactly where bats could emerge from or return to. Additionally, features that appear suitable from ground level (identified using binoculars) may turn out to be unsuitable upon closer inspection.

By climbing and inspecting trees, we can reduce or remove the limitations of traditional methods. This can be done through reducing the scope of, or even eliminating the requirement for, ground-based nocturnal activity surveys, which in many cases can save clients both time and money. Undertaking these surveys year round can reduce avoidable delays to projects.

How can EcoNorth help me?

At EcoNorth, we have bat licensed ecologists who hold CS38 Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue Level 2 certifications.  We can undertake tree climbing surveys throughout Great Britain, tailored to your specific requirements.

If you would like to hear more about bats and our tree climbing service, please contact Thomas at: Thomas.Wilson@econorth.co.uk.

Noctule bat, Nyctalus noctule (Wildlife Trust)

 

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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EcoNorth's New Health and Safety Initiative

EcoNorth’s New Health and Safety Initiative

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EcoNorth’s new health and safety initiative is up and running.  The goal is to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of team members by encouraging everyone to get involved with initiatives in the local community, including specifically participating in practical conservation tasks with our parent organisation, Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT).  Getting involved in the wide …

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EcoNorth's Bat Training Event 2020

EcoNorth’s Bat Training Events 2020

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EcoNorth’s annual bat training event is being held on Tuesday 31 March 2020 at Morpeth Riverside. The training will start at 20:00hrs and run to approximately 22:30hrs. The meeting point is the car park at NE61-1PR, which is free after 5pm.  It is also within easy walking distance of Morpeth’s train station and bus station. …

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Ben Smurthwaite, Assistant Ecologist, EcoNorth

Meet the Team: Ben Smurthwaite, Assistant Ecologist

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Following the introduction of our ‘Meet the Team’ page comes our mini blog series.  Each week, hear personally from our team members about their roles at EcoNorth and more.  This week, meet Ben, our Assistant Ecologist. Tell us a bit about yourself I’m originally from the Midlands but came to Newcastle for university and never …

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EcoNorth's Tom Wilson in the field

Tom Promoted to Assistant Ecologist

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I joined EcoNorth in January 2019, determined to learn as much as I could from my internship.  Ten months into my role, I accepted a full-time contract and was promoted to Assistant Ecologist.  Knowing how competitive ecology placements can be, having met so many like-minded folks throughout my studies and volunteering, I am very grateful …

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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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