Winter Ecological Services

By | January 9th, 2019|Ecology Survey, Mitigation and Management, Planning Advice|

The team at Avian Ecology have been kept very busy this winter with a large range of sites requiring Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) services, ranging from housing developments to new road schemes. The winter months can be an excellent time to plan for spring 2019 and with forward planning, carrying out some [...]

Avoiding Procedural Pitfalls

By | July 3rd, 2018|Education, Mitigation and Management|

A recent Court ruling on mitigation and Habitats Regulations Assessment sets the cat amongst the pigeons, but do developers really need to be concerned ? Many development projects, when located in close proximity to a European designated site (Special Protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation or Ramsars) are subject to Habitats Regulations Assessment [...]

Ecology Masterclass with Una Maginn and Scottish Power

By | February 19th, 2018|Ecology Survey, Education, Mitigation and Management|

Avian Ecology’s Una Maginn along with Steven Edwards from Scottish Power, hosted an infrastructure and ecology workshop for countryside, ecology and animal management study groups from North Shropshire College. The session covered a wide range of topics revolving around habitat survey methods, protected species and biodiversity management and the considerations large infrastructure projects need [...]

Great Crested Newt and District Level Licensing – what does it mean for your projects?

By | February 15th, 2017|European Protected Species, Great Crested Newt, Mitigation and Management, Natural England|

Great Crested Newt and the Woking Approach District level licensing or the 'Woking Approach' (as piloted in Woking in 2016) is a new approach and an alternative to the current site by site great crested newt mitigation and licensing process. The new approach will involve a district wide assessment of newt distribution; using great crested [...]

Operational Monitoring of Orchard End Wind Farm in Cumbria

By | November 16th, 2016|Ecology Survey, Mitigation and Management, Natural England|

This twin turbine development became operational in early 2013 and the team at Avian Ecology, led by Senior Ornithologist Nicole Robinson, have been monitoring the site in to satisfy planning conditions since autumn 2013, working closely with Natural England and the RSPB to ensure success. The monitoring programme included offsite land management and supplementary food [...]

Avian Ecology able to offer improved Client Services for Great Crested Newts

By | September 16th, 2016|Ecology Survey, Great Crested Newt, Low Impact Class Licence, Natural England, Protected Species|

Avian Ecology offer ecological surveys for protected species including Great Crested Newts and we are pleased to announce that Principal Ecologist Andrew Logan is one of the first Registered Consultants to hold a Great Crested Newt ‘Low Impact Class Licence’, providing considerable benefits to our clients. The Great Crested Newt Low Impact Class Licence [...]

Ecological Advice for Europe’s Largest Floating Solar Farm

By | October 28th, 2015|Mitigation and Management, Planning Advice, Uncategorised|

Floating solar farms are relatively new to the UK renewables industry and United Utilities are leading the way with the recent go-ahead for Europe’s largest floating solar farm based at Godley Reservoir, Manchester. Avian Ecology provided initial ecological and ornithological feasibility advice for this ground breaking Project, further demonstrating Avian Ecology’s position as the UK [...]