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.

18th European Congress of Herpetology

By | September 22nd, 2015|Uncategorised|

We would like to welcome our senior ecologist Stuart Graham back from the 18th European Congress of Herpetology. Held between the 7th and 11th September in Wroclaw, Poland; 150 delegates from 29 countries gathered to discuss both European and Global reptile and amphibian research, conservation and population trends. Representing one of three delegates from the [...]

Bat Advice for Homeowners

By | September 4th, 2015|Uncategorised|

The presence of bats rarely stops development taking place; however if you disturb bats or interfere with their resting places then you may be breaking the law. As such, Council’s will usually ask for bat presence or absence to be determined as part of a planning application. The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management [...]

British Standard BS42020 – Two Years In

By | August 18th, 2015|Uncategorised|

British Standard (BS) BS42020 ‘Biodiversity – Code of practice for planning and development 2013’ is increasingly being adopted by local planning authorities. To date, at least the Essex, Pembrokeshire, Suffolk, Powys, Devon and Norfolk Councils have formally implemented compliance requirements of BS42020 onto their planning application ‘Validation Checklists’ and the list is set to continue [...]

Avian Ecology is pleased to announce the opening of its Glasgow office

By | August 4th, 2015|Uncategorised|

Following eight successful years in the professional ecology industry across the UK, Avian Ecology are now pleased to announce the opening of a new Glasgow office. Avian Ecology already has a wealth of experience right across Scotland from the Borders to Caithness. We have provided Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) for medium and large scale wind [...]

Avian Play a Key Role in Recent REG Windpower Successes

By | July 31st, 2015|Uncategorised|

So far in 2015, REG Windpower has successfully attained planning permission for three separate wind energy projects in South Wales; Mynydd Brombil, Mynydd Portref and Abergorki, totalling 14 large wind turbines. Avian Ecology was fully involved in each site from conception through to consent, ensuring that the ecological effects of the developments were fully understood [...]