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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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  • Orton Pit SAC
  • 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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  • The advantages of non-standard surveys: a Badger bait marking case study

    Monday December 17th, 2012

    Wildlife legislation and licensing requirements can often lead to a relatively standard suite of ecological surveys being undertaken to support planning applications. However, in some cases, non-standard surveys can be very helpful in increasing confidence in the conclusions of an assessment, informing mitigation strategies and securing licences.

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  • BSG Ecology wins Bat Roost Award

    Wednesday October 10th, 2012

    BSG Ecology was delighted to receive the inaugural award for best roost mitigation project from the Bat Conservation Trust for our work at Totterdown Barns in Gloucestershire. The award not only recognises BSG’s role in delivering this project, but also that of the architect Mathewson...

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  • Talbot Heath

    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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  • Portsmouth Harbour SPA
  • Disturbance and increased visitor pressure impacts on internationally designated sites

    Monday February 27th, 2012

    Internationally designated sites such as Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Ramsar Sites can have ramifications for development and other activities a long way beyond their immediate boundaries. Where these sites might be affected, impact assessment and decision making is sometimes highly precautionary, meaning that activities many miles removed from these sites can and do come under the closest scrutiny.

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  • Wildlife and Development on Jersey

    Friday October 28th, 2011

    Jersey’s Island Plan came into force in June 2011, carrying with it clear statements about the importance of protecting, promoting and enhancing the natural environment. It also makes clear a requirement to support planning applications that might affect important or protected biodiversity sites with an appropriate level of ecological information.

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  • Feed-in Tariff Single Wind Turbine Developments

    Friday September 30th, 2011

    The UK Government’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT), an initiative to provide incentives to people who generate renewable energy to feed some of the electricity back into the National Grid, has generated a lot of interest amongst developers and landowners. In particular, single wind turbine developments are now proving to be very popular but, as with any development, the erection of even a single wind turbine can potentially have impacts on the environment, including ecology.

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  • The thorny question of bats in trees

    Tuesday August 9th, 2011

    Locating bat roosts in trees is challenging. Larger, regularly used roosts can sometimes be more obvious. For example, staining may be visible around the roost entrance hole or, if you are lucky, “chattering” bats may be heard at dusk, just before they emerge. However, roosts can be extremely difficult to find from checks at ground level alone.

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