The provision of good consultancy advice should be evidence-led. We have a keen interest in several research areas that are relevant to our work, and undertake projects independently and in partnership with academic institutions and NGOs. This page showcases recent studies.

Replacing Bat Roosts

In 2009 and 2010 Dr Peter Shepherd presented a joint workshop with Judy Stroud of Natural England to the National Bat Conference on factors affecting roost replacement. The workshop presented a review of 300 Natural England EPS licence returns, a review of published studies on roost requirements of UK bat species and guidance that existed at the time. It went on to consider what are the key factors to take account of when designing a replacement roost structure?. Location, structure and temperature regime appear to be issues, with temperature often an overlooked element of roost design and monitoring.

Invertebrate habitat creation and monitoring

BSG Ecology has been advising master developer O&H Hampton Ltd on ecological issues over the last 10 years at Peterborough, undertaking survey, assessment and mitigation in the delivery of sustainable development projects across large areas of south Peterborough.

BSG Ecology has been advising master developer O&H Hampton Ltd on ecological issues over the last 10 years at Peterborough, undertaking survey, assessment and mitigation in the delivery of sustainable development projects across large areas of south Peterborough.

BSG Ecology bat migration research (2012-2014)

BSG Ecology began research on the evidence for bat migration between the UK and continental Europe in 2012.

The research was stimulated by professional interest, which had developed as a result of bat survey work on some large sites on the east coast of the UK in the late 2000s. The data from these east coast studies appeared to show seasonal changes in bat communities potentially indicative of migration, and we therefore decided to investigate this further through research.

A summary of the evolution of our bat research, and the results from each year of work is below. Links to the detailed reports summarizing the various studies are towards the bottom of the page.

The potential ecological impacts of ground-mounted photovoltaic solar panels in the UK

We completed a review of available literature on the ecological impacts of photovoltaic panels in January 2014.  This was triggered by concerns being raised by nature conservation consultees with regard to the potential effects of photovoltaic panels on aquatic invertebrates, bats and other receptors in response to planning applications.  Some initial investigation suggested that these concerns may have resulted from newspaper reports, rather than original research, and that the studies quoted might not be representative of a UK situation.  As a result, we extended our research to all readily available papers.

Dartford warbler research

During 2014 BSG Ecology provided training to two Master of Science students at Swansea University in order to help them develop their ornithological field skills.  This enabled them to complete research projects on a species of particular local interest, Dartford warbler.

The partnership was facilitated by the Access to Masters initiative, which is backed by the European Social Fund.  In this short article, Hannah Meinertzhagen summarises the findings of her study, and the benefit she got from partnering with industry professionals.