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Protected species

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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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  • Maximising occupation of bat boxes

    Monday April 14th, 2014

    Since 2008 Hannah Bilston, a Senior Ecologist in our Oxford office, has been monitoring bat populations in Finemere Wood, an ancient woodland in Buckinghamshire. The project was initiated by the North Bucks Bat Group (NBBG) in 2003 and formed the study site for Hannah’s MSc research into factors affecting bat box selection within Finemere Wood between 2009 and 2011. More recently, Hannah has been investigating ways to maximise occupation rates of bat boxes by maternity roosts of woodland bats.

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  • Prideaux v. Buckinghamshire County Council and FCC Environmental UK Limited EWHC 1054, April 2013

    Friday March 28th, 2014

    A recent high court judgment (Prideaux v. Buckinghamshire County Council and FCC Environmental UK Limited EWHC 1054, April 2013) provides useful clarification on a number of issues relating to wildlife law and policy, and in particular the interpretation of the law concerning European Protected Species and the consideration of satisfactory alternatives as one of the three derogation tests set out in Regulation 53(9) of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.

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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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  • Portland Bat Migration Study

    Wednesday February 5th, 2014

    Between August and November 2013 BSG Ecology deployed a static bat detector at Portland Bird Observatory, Dorset. The aim of this was to identify any patterns of bat activity that may suggest bat migration at this site. The study formed part of a wider bat migration project undertaken by BSG, in which six coastal locations were sampled in 2013.

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  • Bat Migration Talk at Sandwich Bay

    Friday December 6th, 2013

    Laura Jennings from BSG Ecology’s Oxford office gave a talk entitled “An Introduction to Bat Migration” to members of the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory.

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  • Spurn Bat Migration Study

    Monday December 2nd, 2013

    Between August and November 2013 BSG Ecology deployed a static bat detector at Spurn Lighthouse, East Yorkshire. The aim of this was to identify if there were pulses of bat activity recorded might suggest bat migration

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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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  • Seafaring bats – Evidence of Migration?

    Tuesday September 24th, 2013

    In 2007 Ahlén et al published an account of bats (both non-migratory and migratory species) foraging over the Baltic Sea at an off-shore wind farm in southern Scandinavia. That study and previous reports have stimulated discussion about the extent to which bats cross or fly out over the sea on migration or to forage.

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