Philippa Harvey

We lost a treasured colleague on May 4th this year. Philippa was diagnosed with cancer in July 2017. She’d been doing a good job of ignoring it, as best she could, getting out into the Peak to walk Bridie, her beloved border terrier, and was hopeful for the future. She died after a short spell in St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield.

Dr Peter Shepherd joins Natural England’s Bat Expert Panel

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.  

Oxwich Marsh Ringing Report 2017

Bird ringing has been conducted at Oxwich Marsh by Gower Ringing Group since February 2013.

This is co-ordinated by Owain Gabb, a licensed bird ringer and trainer based in our Swansea Office.

The marsh is managed by Natural Resources Wales, and habitats include open water, reed bed, wet woodland and species-rich grassland to the landward side of an extensive area of sand dunes and open sandy foreshore. The entire area is notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Stonewort Training, Peterborough

In October 2017, three staff from BSG’s Oxford office spent a day with national stonewort expert Nick Stewart[1], brushing up on their identification skills.

The benefits to developers of using the Bat Low Impact Class Licence

A recent project at Houghton on the Hill, Leicestershire, provides a good example of how the Bat Low Impact Class Licence process can be applied to ensure a project proceeds to time and budget (despite unforeseen circumstances), while also acting to conserve bats.

MPA’s ‘Quarries & Nature 2017 – ‘Appreciating Assets’ event

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.