NPPF 2018: Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Net Gain

This is the first of a series of short articles on biodiversity and the new NPPF. Here, we summarise what the guidance has to say about sustainable development and biodiversity net gain. We also look at whether we are now clearer about how net gain is to be measured, and whether we are likely to see more consistency in its application by local planning authorities and decision taking.

Plans for a new cultural quarter in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Last month the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan set out a £1.1bn vision for East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This new centre of culture, education, innovation and growth, will provide new homes for the London College of Fashion, the BBC’s music-recording operations, a new Victoria & Albert Museum outpost and a 550-seat Sadler’s Wells theatre. In addition, alongside these significant cultural assets, will be 600 new homes.

BSG WINS CIEEM Best Ecology Consultancy Award

We are delighted to announce that BSG Ecology has been awarded the best medium scale ecology consultancy of the year award by CIEEM, the leading professional membership body representing and supporting professional ecologists and environmental managers. The award provides recognition of the technical excellence of BSG’s work, our commitment to developing our staff and our efforts in promoting the profession.

The Swifts are back -Swift Awareness Week 16-23 June

Britain’s first Swift Awareness week will run from 16-23 June, with events taking place across the country organised by local Swift groups. These events aim to raise awareness of Common Swift and bring a focus to its plight, as well as provide information on how to help the species.

To find an event near you, look on the Swift Awareness map.

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).