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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

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

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

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

The future is looking brighter for bees

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A recent study found that 75% of honey bees around the world contain pesticides. The study, published in Science, showed that the contaminated samples, which were gathered from 200 sites around the world, contained pesticides called neonicotinoids.  Read More

Why we shouldn’t breathe easy

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The world’s tropical forests are often referred to as the ‘lungs of the planet’, taking up carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. However, these vast, green, breathing spaces may be running out of puff.  Read More