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  • Chittering Leisler’s bats

    Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

    BSG partner Dr Peter Shepherd has been closely involved with a bat box monitoring scheme in Sherwood Forest over the last 16 years. Since monitoring began, the species recorded have regularly included noctule, Leisler’s, common and soprano pipistrelles , with occasional brown long-eared bat and whiskered/Brandt’s bats being recorded.

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  • Internal Training: Bat Identification and Survey Design

    Thursday June 19th, 2014

    As part of a structured programme of internal technical training, Dr Peter Shepherd recently delivered a two-day course on bat identification and survey design to ten staff from around the practice. This article sets out what the course aimed to cover and achieve, and provides links to photos taken on the day. It was both challenging and enjoyable for the staff involved, who are at various stages of working towards licenses and in their development as bat surveyors.

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  • BCT Artificial Light and Wildlife Symposium 2014

    Thursday April 17th, 2014

    Senior Ecologists Hannah Bilston and David Stiles attended the Artificial Light and Wildlife Symposium, organised by the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT), in March 2014. A wide range of professionals came together to discuss the impacts that humans have on wildlife by the increasing use of artificial light in the night time environment; to hear the latest research on the subject and to look at ways in which the impacts of lighting can be avoided or mitigated.

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  • Oxford Toad Patrol

    Thursday March 20th, 2014

    Laura Jennings from BSG Ecology’s Oxford office noted a number of toad casualties on roads when she moved to the New Hinksey area of Oxford. Last year she trawled the streets in spring on mild damp evenings to move toads, frogs and smooth newts to the breeding lake out of harm’s way.

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  • Biodiversity Offsetting – Are We All Ready?

    Friday January 24th, 2014

    Defra is currently analysing the consultation responses received on the Defra green paper entitled Biodiversity Offsetting in England. Biodiversity offsetting is already being ‘used’ in different ways in development projects, not least within the Defra Trial areas. As such professional ecologists and other professional disciplines, in particular planners and developers, need to be up to speed with the principles, the application of the system as it currently is being implemented, and how it might evolve.

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  • BSG Ecology wins award from the Landscape Institute

    Monday December 9th, 2013

    BSG Ecology is delighted to announce that our collaborative work with LDA Design (as lead consultant) on the Network Rail National Lineside Vegetation Management Strategy has won the Strategic Landscape Planning section of the Landscape Institute Awards 2013.

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  • Training for Professionals – Great Crested Newts and Mitigation

    Monday November 4th, 2013

    All over the country long strips of plastic fencing are now a common sight – a sign that an increasing number of ecologists and contractors are instigating great crested newt mitigation schemes. Sound ecological knowledge and evidence-based application of this should inform how professional ecologists go about their business, and underpinning this is their proper training and development.

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