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Machinery and ecology

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Specialist machinery can be hugely advantageous on demolition projects, especially when there is a risk of encountering protected species. On a recent project, following the final precautionary inspection of a building for bats, our ecologists worked together with demolition operatives to streamline the demolition process. The ecological and economic benefits of adopting these techniques on demolition projects are clear.  Read More

Great crested newt surveys – what you need to know

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Great crested newts are a European protected species and one of Britain’s most protected amphibians. They, and their habitats are protected by a range of legislation and planning policy, which includes the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended, and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. They are also listed as a species of principal importance for conservation under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. Read More

Invasive species and exotic pets

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The accidental release and escape of exotic pet species into the wild can cause significant problems for biodiversity. It can put additional strain on already threated ecosystems by outcompeting native species, and by spreading disease.  Read More

Hitchhikers, Invasive species and why you should "Check, Clean, Dry"

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Picking up hitchhikers really can be risky. Some pose no problems whatsoever and it was like they were never even there. Others may prove to be very irritating to the point you wish you had been more cautious. Worst of all, you may be unfortunate enough to pick up one that turns out to pose a serious threat. Read More

From ornamental plants to invasive species

Monday, March 26, 2018

In the UK we spend millions of pounds each year purchasing ornamental plants for domestic and commercial landscaping. Although the control of the sale and distribution of invasive ornamental species has been vastly tightened over the past few decades, unfortunately this has not always been the case. Two species that have affected the UK the most are Japanese knotweed, and Himalayan balsam. Read More

Invasive Species Week 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

This is the first article in a series, written by Thomson Ecology, on behalf of Invasive Species Week. This is an initiative which is being run by the NNSS and Defra to raise awareness of invasive non-native species and inspire people to #GetINNSvolved and stop the spread!  Read More

Early Nesting Birds – things to remember

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Although the breeding bird season is usually recognised as March to August inclusive, there have been reports of birds nesting around the UK as early as the start of February. The common crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) is adapted to coniferous forests, and is renowned as an early nester. Its nest is difficult to find as it is usually situated at the top of a tree. Only four records for this species were submitted to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Nest Record Scheme (NRS) in 2016 (Robinson, Leech and Clark, 2017).  Read More

Creating the Northern Forest

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Plans were announced last month for the planting of 50 million trees spanning a 120 mile stretch across the country from Hull to Liverpool, creating The Northern Forest.  Read More

Road pollution in amphibian tunnels

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

A recent study has highlighted the potential pollutant pressures for great crested newts associated with large-scale urban development and road mitigation schemes. (K. J. White et al., 2017). Read More