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Water abstraction licensing changes from 1st January 2018

10th November 2017 - Changes in water abstraction licensing for previously exempt activities have been finally agreed following many years of debate. Read more

Professor Paul Leinster CBE joins Thomson Ecology Advisory Board

3rd November 2017 - We are delighted that Professor Paul Leinster CBE will be joining the Thomson Ecology Advisory Board. Paul is Professor of Environmental Assessment at Cranfield University, prior to which he was Chief Executive of the Environment Agency. Read more

Striking image of otter wins the 2017 Thomson Ecology Photography Competition

27th October 2017 - The winner of the 2017 Thomson Ecology Photography Competition is Ian Strone with his image "Rolling in the Seaweed". Read more

New species paper published

24th October 2017 - A paper has been published on new Malmgrenia species, Malmgrenia thomsonae, which was discovered by Dr Ruth Barnich, Principal Biologist at Thomson Ecology. Read more

Microbeads found on animals from estuarine samples

29th August 2017 - The presence of plastic in the oceans is a big concern, especially as it accumulates in the food chain. When analysing sediment samples, we are often asked to record the presence and nature of plastic fragments. Read more

The greatest comeback?

25th August 2017 - The Thames was declared ‘dead’ in the 1950s due to the high levels of pollution and sewage entering the water, preventing any life remaining there. Fast forward 70 years and we have made leaps and bounds in improving the water quality in this visible, but hidden environment. Read more

Rarely encountered animals found in deep waters

1st August 2017 - Whilst we are used to identifying animals from the continental shelf, we have been very excited to work on a project where we could find rarely encountered species which only occur in deep waters. Read more

JNCC Geikie Slide and Hebridean Slope MPA survey 2016, an update

14th July 2017 - The marine team have been working on an extraordinary benthic analysis project from the Geikie Slide and the Hebridean Slope Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area (NCMPA) on behalf of JNCC. Read more

The 2017 Thomson Ecology Photography Competition is now open!

7th July 2017 - The competition this year is entitled, “Our Natural World” because much of our work as an ecology consultancy involves the restoration and enhancement of habitats for the benefit of wildlife. Read more

Confident decisions follow accurate sampling and outcome-driven monitoring plans

4th July 2017 - In this, the third in the series of regular water articles by Dr Phil Aldous, Director of Water at Thomson Ecology, we look at the difficult issue of the costs of delivering a robust monitoring plan. Read more

New species paper to be published online

27th June 2017 - Earlier this month, principal taxonomist Ruth Barnich and her co-authors submitted a publication to the scientific journal, Marine Biodiversity, on the discovery of two new Malmgrenia species. Read more