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Shropshire farmer fined £16,000 for environmental offences

Friday, April 20, 2018

After pleading guilty to one charge relating to water abstraction and nine charges relating to nitrate pollution management, Telford Magistrates’ Court have fined Edward Fair of Peatswood Farm in Shropshire £16,000, and ordered him to pay £20,000 in costs, along with a £170 victim surcharge. 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

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