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First Ecology receives Willmott Dixon Sustainability Award

First Ecology was delighted to receive the Willmott Dixon Sustainability Award 2016 at The Wales and West Supply Chain Conference held at the Bristol Grand Hotel earlier this month.   The award was presented in recognition of the significant ecological contribution which First Ecology, together with members of the WTC, had made in relation to […]

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Response to EU referendum decision

Many environmental laws in the UK are based around EU legislation, and therefore the impact of voting to leave Europe on our natural environments is uncertain.   Whilst many of the details surrounding the future are to be decided much of the immediate focus will understandably be centred on the economy. There are strong links […]

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The New Bat Surveys For Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines (3rd edition)

Overview and main changes   A re-structuring of the format to the guidelines has been adopted to improve accessibility for readers. New sections and chapters include:   • Elements that influence survey design.• Species core sustenance zones.• Preliminary ecological appraisal for bats.• Framework for assessing suitability.• Bat roost inspection surveys for trees.• Acoustic surveys at […]

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Update: New 3rd Edition of the Bat Surveys Good Practice Guidelines

The winter months are the perfect time to swot up on the latest edition of the bat surveys good practice guidelines. Some Ecologists refer to this document as the ‘bat bible’ with the newest 3rd edition published this week; available as a download from the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) and in print from NHBS.   […]

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Wintering Birds

With winter fast approaching millions of birds will soon undertake their migration to the UK in search of milder weather conditions and greater feeding opportunities.   Here’s a little more about some of the amazing birds migrating to the UK this winter:    1. Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)     This long-beaked bird, which feeds on invertebrates, has a […]

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Pilot project could overhaul great crested newt surveying

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  A pilot project by Natural England will see testing of pond water for traces of newt DNA. This new survey technique will allow for insight into the size, location and connectivity of great crested newt (GCN) populations. It is also thought the new survey technique will reduce costs and save time for developers.     The information collected by […]

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Reptiles in September!

Why is September (and October) a great time to commission a reptile survey? Read on to discover more about the reptile life cycle and what they get up to during this month.    After the births and hatching of young in August, reptiles will be surging back into action for September and October in a last […]

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Reptiles in August!

                                    The annual cycle of reptile activity for most species in the UK has one main inactivity period through the winter (From late October through to March). Hibernation for reptiles is known as brumation. Brumation is triggered by the lack of sunlight and falling daytime temperatures.    […]

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