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Spot the flycatcher

Monday, May 23, 2016

The spotted flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) is a late summer migrant to Britain, and one that has shown a precipitous decline over the last 30 years. The population is now only a sixth of what it once was.  Read More

Tree assessment is looking up

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Arborists experienced in preparing reports in support of planning applications will be familiar with BS5837:2012 Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction – Recommendations.  Read More

eDNA analysis for great crested newts

Friday, May 06, 2016

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is now being used predominantly for determining the presence or likely absence of rare, invasive or protected species in freshwater habitats, such as the great crested newt (GCN). Read More

The true cost of late payment

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

I’m usually the eternal optimist who tries to see the positive in any situation, no matter how dire. However, my heart sank when our Head of Finance presented the following figures: Read More

Would you eat invasive species?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

There is a new trend in the United States where invasive species, terrestrial and marine, are being served up on platters for the discerning foodie.  Read More

Bluebells - a fascinating past, but an uncertain future?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Along with hay fever and suddenly driving to work in daylight, one of the signs that spring has arrived for me is the arrival of flowering bluebells (Hyacinthoids non-scripta). Every spring the dormant bulbs awaken in the depths of the soil and release shoots which rise up to the surface to form a carpet of thin green leaves.  Read More