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Do trees and hedges really clean our air?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Have you ever wondered what the point is of having street trees or roadside hedgerows? Well, apart from providing an important habitat for breeding and foraging birds and insects, and providing attractive and calming places for people, they also play an important role in protecting us from pollution. Read More

Keeping a close eye on groundwater

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Whilst we all are hoping to see those long balmy sunny days and evenings arrive soon, there are concerns about the wish for a scorching summer.  Read More

An unlikely ally

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

In the constant battle of survival that dominates the natural world an unlikely ally has come to the aid of the red squirrel - the pine marten. Pine martens are native to the UK and most of Europe, hunting both on the ground and in the trees. However, due to extensive woodland clearance and human persecution, the range of the pine marten has been dramatically reduced. Apart from small populations in Wales and northern England, the Scottish Highlands is their last real stronghold in the UK.  Read More

Winter planting tips and recommendations

Monday, October 31, 2016

Whilst the survey season is slowly coming to an end as wildlife begins to hibernate, the contracting season for Thomson Habitats continues, particularly for planting schemes.  Read More

The 2016 State of Nature report published

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The 2016 State of Nature report was published last week. The report is designed to give an overview of the state of nature in the UK, its seas, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, consolidating data from 53 conservation and research organisations, and David Attenborough was one of the initiators of this regular review.
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Avoid, minimise and …?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The principle behind the National Planning Policy Framework aims for projects to avoid detrimental impacts on biodiversity, minimise these wherever possible, mitigate their effect where they cannot be avoided, and compensate for any residual impacts. What is compensation, how is this achieved and what processes are in place? Read More

Bat detectors - one of our favourite bits of kit!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

In 1790 an Italian scientist named Lazzaro Spallanzi was intrigued by the ability of bats to forage for insects at night. In an attempt to understand how they performed this remarkable feat he undertook several experiments. He found that blindfolded the bats flew unimpaired, but when they had their ears plugged they would fly into objects which they would otherwise have avoided. Since the bats appeared to be flying in silence, he could not understand why hearing was playing such an important role in their navigation. Read More

Let's celebrate our National Parks!

Friday, July 29, 2016

I’ve had a long-standing relationship with National Parks around the world, having spent most of my summer holidays as a child, and now as an adult, camping and hill-walking in them. Next week is National Parks week and it’s made me think about what they mean to the environment and the people using them. Read More