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Habitat management

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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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  • 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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  • Significant urban extension receives planning permission

    Friday April 26th, 2013

    BSG Ecology has been working on proposals for the Great Haddon urban expansion on the southern edge of Peterborough for over seven years. We were delighted to learn that in March this year Peterborough City Council granted outline planning permission for this significant development.

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  • Otter Holt Creation

    Friday March 15th, 2013

    Working in conjunction with Hanson Aggregates Ltd and the RSPB, BSG Ecology staff have created an otter holt at a gravel pit in Oxfordshire. The site has been chosen by the RSPB as a Nature After Minerals case study site, and is in the process...

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  • Royal Forest of Dean home to rare fern

    Friday February 8th, 2013

    Over the last few years BSG Ecology has provided ecological support to a heritage lottery-funded project aimed at restoring Whitecliff Furnace, a Scheduled Ancient Monument near Coleford in the Royal Forest of Dean.

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  • Translocation of Lizard Orchids

    Tuesday August 14th, 2012

    Background to the project In September 2011 BSG Ecology was commissioned to prepare and implement a method statement for the translocation of a small population of lizard orchid (Himantoglossum hircinum) on a brownfield field site near Ramsgate in Kent. Planning permission had been granted for...

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  • STOP PRESS – TALBOT HEATH DECISION PUBLISHED

    Wednesday February 29th, 2012

    A decision by the Secretary of State (SoS) on a public inquiry into residential development at land south of Wallisdown Road, Poole was published on 28th February (PINS Ref: APP/Q1255/V/10/2138124). This was a key case called in by the SoS as it involved residential and associated development within 400m of Talbot Heath, which is part of the Dorset Heaths SPA. Understandably Natural England and the RSPB had maintained an objection to the scheme throughout the planning process as this represented a significant departure from their published guidance on development near heathland sites. The decision to grant planning permission by Borough of Poole Council has been overturned by this decision.

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