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 [...]

Technological Advances within Avian Ecology

By | August 16th, 2018|Ecology Survey, Education, Planning Advice|

  Advances in field based and office based technologies have been rapidly changing the efficiency and detail of data that we can now ascertain. The use of new equipment both in the field and in data analysis ensures the final service we can provide to clients is of the highest quality and allows [...]

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 [...]

Bat Surveys at Leyland Mill, Greater Manchester

By | January 4th, 2017|Ecology Survey, EPS, European Protected Species, Protected Species|

Avian Ecology undertook a suite of bat surveys at a disused mill in Greater Manchester. Surveys included an Extended Phase 1 habitat survey, preliminary bat roost inspection survey or as its now known a Preliminary Roost Assessment (PRA). These surveys highlighted the need for additional bat activity surveys including dusk emergence and dawn re-entry surveys [...]

Valuing Field Skills in Ecology – Looking for a Field Ornithologist

By | December 20th, 2016|Ecology Survey, Protected Species|

We're searching for a new field ornithologist. It should be simple to find someone who's suitably qualified and full of enthusiasm for such a great role, shouldn't it? There are lots of young people looking for a way into professional ecology and, like any other career, the usual way is to start at the bottom [...]

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 [...]

It’s not quite the Wildcat I was hoping for…

By | May 3rd, 2016|Ecology Survey, Protected Species, Scotland|

Avian Ecology have trail cameras set up across numerous sites in England, Scotland and Wales and recently we've been hoping for some glimpses of the rare Scottish Wildcat. Unfortunately the video does not include this elusive species but nevertheless it's always nice to catch close-up videos of inquisitive deer.

Tigers, zebras…and bats?

By | January 7th, 2016|Ecology Survey, Planning Advice, Uncategorised|

Avian Ecology, working with Cass Associates of Liverpool, was recently appointed to undertake ecological appraisals within the Knowsley Safari Park complex near Liverpool. These were needed to inform two separate planning applications; one for a brand-new tiger enclosure and the other a ‘safari lodge’ rest area where park visitors can overlook the site from the [...]