Natural England recently announced the formation of a Bat Expert Panel which is comprised of 10 nationally recognised experts from the academic, commercial and NGO and SNCO sectors. Members of the panel have been selected for their strong track record in bat conservation. BSG Ecology is delighted that Dr Peter Shepherd has been one of the experts invited to be a member of the panel.
BSG Ecology partner Kirsty Kirkham attended the MPA’s 10th Environment & Mineral Planning Member conference on 28 November 2017 and gave a presentation that focused on Natural England European protected species (EPS) licensing.
In October 2017, three staff from BSG’s Oxford office spent a day with national stonewort expert Nick Stewart, brushing up on their identification skills.
BSG Ecology Partner Steven Betts attended the MPA’s ‘Quarries & Nature 2017 – ‘Appreciating Assets’ event, which was hosted by BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today presenter Sybil Ruscoe, on Thursday 19 October at The Royal Society, London. The event was attended by a range of environmental and conservation organisations as well as industry operators to celebrate the industry’s contribution to nature conservation.
BSG Partner Dr Peter Shepherd attended this one day conference at the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE) to keep up to date with this new area of thinking and practice in ecology (see previous article here)
BSG Ecology will be exhibiting at the All Energy Conference at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Glasgow on 10-11 May 2017.
Please come and visit us on Stand E21, where Peter Shepherd, Owain Gabb and Rachel Taylor will be available to discuss the ecological solutions and support you may require, and any technical concerns you have (such as the implications of forthcoming changes in bat survey guidelines for new and existing renewables schemes).
BSG Ecology has recently been successful in securing a Bat Mitigation Licence for urgent roofing works by utilising one of Natural England’s four new European Protected Species (EPS) licensing policies.
This allowed works to progress at least seven months sooner than would otherwise have been the case and meant that significant project cost savings could be made. BSG Ecology understand, from liaison with Natural England, that this was only the second case relating to bats to be considered under the new licencing policies, since their introduction in December 2016.
Dr Peter Shepherd will be presenting on the 1st of February to a seminar on Environmental Impact Assessment organised by the North-east Regional section of the RTPI. Peter has been asked to give a presentation on Biodiversity Offsetting: Implications for EIA and Mitigation. This is a subject BSG Ecology has been following closely since it was first promoted in the Natural Environment White Paper 2011 and a number of articles have appeared in our New and Views ever since and as such we are delighted to be asked to speak.
We are regularly approached by students and recent graduates keen to understand the skills they need to pursue a career in consultancy work.
The following short article summarises, from our perspective, areas in which some basic experience is likely to be advantageous in securing an ecologist (entry-level) position.
In the third of a series of articles that looks at the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones for ecological survey, BSG Ecology Partner Steve Betts discusses guidelines for ecologists to ensure that this technology is used appropriately. BSG Ecology is now using drones to assist with site assessments, as they allow easy monitoring of areas that are otherwise difficult to access.