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Archive for 2009

  • BWEA31
  • BWEA31, Liverpool

    Thursday October 1st, 2009

    BSG will be exhibiting at BWEA’s (British Wind Energy Association) 31st annual conference and exhibition in Liverpool in October. The event focuses on developments in wind, wave and tidal energy, and small wind systems, and is attended by a wide range of organisations with an...

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  • Wood Anemone
  • Habitat connectivity mapping in Wales

    Thursday September 10th, 2009

    Connectivity maps are key elements of a wider framework of actions to improve connectivity and protect biodiversity. There is strong political interest in this approach in Wales and a drive to include concepts of ecological connectivity within spatial planning at local and national levels to contribute to a broader green infrastructure. This paper reviews the overall approach in Wales to date and reports on the findings of studies in South East Wales.

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  • Barbastelle Bat
  • UK bat conference workshop

    Tuesday September 1st, 2009

    Dr Peter Shepherd and Judy Stroud will present a workshop on ‘Mitigation for Roosts in Buildings’ at the Bat Conservation Trust National Bat Conference, September 2009. The workshop will look at information from a recent review of EPS licence returns and questions raised by this,...

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  • House Sparrow
  • Who killed the Cockney Sparrer?

    Tuesday March 17th, 2009

    Dr Kate Vincent was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 regarding her PhD research thesis findings for programme investigating the causes of the decline of the urban House Sparrow. Tom Heap presents the programme ‘Who Killed the Cockney Sparrer?’ which investigates who, or what, is killing...

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  • Bird box on house
  • Ecobuild 2009 Birds and buildings

    Friday March 6th, 2009

    Ecobuild is the world’s biggest event dedicated to sustainable design, construction and the built environment. The exhibition was held at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre in London between 3rd and 5th March. There were 800 exhibitors, as well as conference and seminar sessions. Senior Ecologist Dr...

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  • Male Great Crested Newt
  • Changes to the Habitats Regulations (Jan 2009)

    Saturday January 31st, 2009

    The Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 have been amended again, with the new regulations coming into force at the end of January. The main changes affecting ecologists and developers are that the guidance notes provided by the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisations will now have legal force and will have to be taken into account by the courts.

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  • Bats
  • Woolley judgement; Background

    Saturday January 31st, 2009

    This judicial review case addresses how local planning authorities (LPAs) discharge their statutory duty under Regulation 3(4) of the Conservation Regulations (1994) to have regard to the requirements of the Habitats Directive in the exercise of their functions. The case focuses on how LPAs should approach the discharge of this duty in coming to planning decisions and in particular the need to properly consider the three tests set out in the Conservation Regulations that should be considered when harm to European Protected Species (EPS) is likely.

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