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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30 Days Wild Challenge, Lavender Pot

30 Days Wild Challenge

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Success I am delighted to announce that I have successfully complete the 30 Days Wild Challenge, which was held throughout June 2019.  The Wildlife Trusts have run this UK-wide event for five years now.  Their aim is to inspire people to do something wild every day for 30 days, whether for a few seconds or […]

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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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British Tree Cover in the Future

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British tree cover could look very different by the end of the century.  If the world’s average temperature rises by 3 to 4 degrees by the year 2100, as many scientists have warned, the resultant hot and dry summers will kill many British natives.  We need to be proactive in planning ahead, as eighty years […]

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Health and safety certification

EcoNorth’s Health and Safety Status Confirmed

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EcoNorth’s status as a safe and caring company has been officially confirmed. Following on from achieving OHSAS18001:2007 certification in 2018, EcoNorth has recently undergone its annual audit by Ocean Certification.  The purpose of the annual audit is to check that EcoNorth’s systems and processes are not only fully compliant but also demonstrate that continual improvements […]

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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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