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 [...]

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; [...]