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News and Views

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  • Matt Hobbs Presents to the Spurn Migration Festival

    Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

    Principal Ecologist Matt Hobbs recently presented a talk entitled “An Introduction to Bat Migration” to the Spurn Migration Festival in East Yorkshire. The talk gave details of BSG Ecology’s ongoing research project to look at patterns of bat activity at coastal sites around England and Wales.

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  • Olympic Park – Establishing an Ecological Legacy

    Wednesday September 10th, 2014

    Dr Peter Shepherd will be giving a short presentation to the CIRIA organised event titled “Biodiversity site tour – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park” on the 11th of September. The aim of the event is to consider the success of current maintenance and monitoring of on-site...

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  • Biodiversity Offsetting in England – Where Next?

    Friday August 29th, 2014

    Defra confirmed in July 2014 correspondence with BSG Ecology that, ‘there are no plans at this stage to announce a way forward on biodiversity offsetting’. We enquired about the status of offsetting further to the Green Paper that was out for consultation in 2013, and...

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  • New Faces of 2014

    Tuesday August 12th, 2014

    This year we have recruited senior and/or principal consultants into our Oxford, Monmouth, Hathersage (Derbyshire) and Newcastle upon Tyne offices and made a number of promotions. For the past few years we have had a stable team of around 35 staff across the practice and our new recruits take us up to 42 staff, of which 37 are technical, and five are business support. These important additions to the team expand our capability in a number of technical areas, as well as increasing the availability of senior-level support to our clients.

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  • External Entomology Training provided by BSG Ecology

    Friday July 18th, 2014

    BSG Ecology has been growing its in-house and associate invertebrate advisory team over the last two years. Our team is led by Dr Jim Fairclough and we have four specialist invertebrate ecologists, and several other staff with more general invertebrate experience. As well as providing...

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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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