Welcome news as Habitats Directives ‘Fit for Purpose’

By | December 7th, 2016|Uncategorised|

This afternoon a 'fitness check' by the European Commission recognised that the European Birds and Habitats Directives are relevant and remain fit for purpose. This means the Directives will not be re-opened but more work is required to ensure the Directives are properly implemented into UK legislation. The Directives are vital to the protection and [...]

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.

Change ahead for how developers address protected species?

By | March 22nd, 2016|Brownfield, EPS, European Protected Species, Housing|

  Natural England is consulting on possible changes to the handling of European protected species (EPS) licensing, aiming to achieve better outcomes for species and reduce costs, delays and uncertainty for developers.   The proposals shift the focus away from protecting individual animals on development sites and towards improving populations in the wider local area; [...]

New Planning Bill Opens Doors for Development on Brownfield Land

By | January 25th, 2016|Uncategorised|

The proposed Housing and Planning Bill 2015-2016 could lead to automatic planning permission on land of high ecological value, but consideration of ecology shouldn’t be overlooked. In October 2015, the Housing and Planning Bill was introduced to the House of Commons, and was ascended to Reporting on 10th December 2015 (with amendments). The Bill, which [...]

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 [...]

Renewable Energy Generation Denzell Downs Up and Running

By | November 24th, 2015|Planning Advice|

Congratulations to Renewable Energy Generation on the commencement of operation of their Denzell Downs wind farm in Cornwall. This five turbine project required detailed assessment of the potential for effects on several species of bats, as well as birds and other wildlife. The application was initially granted permission by Cornwall Council in 2011, but was [...]

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 [...]

Visit us at Solar Energy UK!

By | October 7th, 2015|Uncategorised|

We are looking forward to attending Solar Energy UK  at the NEC Birmingham 13-15 October.