Sustainability Award at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2019 Winner

By | July 10th, 2019|Protected Species|

The Energiekontor UK owned New Rides Wind Farm, located on the Isle of Sheppey in North Kent, comprises four wind turbines located in a unique setting adjacent to an RSPB nature reserve and close to an internationally designated site for birds. Avian Ecology provided comprehensive support for this highly complex project, through design, field surveys, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Avian Ecology in Construction Forum Magazine

By | March 7th, 2018|EPS, Great Crested Newt, Housing|

Avian Ecology has recently been featured in January’s edition of Construction Forum magazine, the piece is in conjunction with Taylor Wimpey and details all the ecological works that we are providing. Avian Ecology has a long standing relationship with Taylor Wimpey and does many ecological surveys for new developments including; pre-application guidance, planning [...]

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 [...]

Avian Ecology welcomes new Field Ornithologist

By | March 15th, 2017|Recruitment|

Zac Hinchcliffe joins the Cheshire team at Avian Ecology and takes the lead as our field ornithologist. Back in December 2016 we advertised for a new field ornithologist, and detailed what skills we were looking for in the ever-changing ecology industry (Read More) We had a huge response! It was a long and hard recruitment [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]