9 Mar 2018

Pine martens could be key to red squirrel protection, finds latest research Locked

Ecology Briefing: The presence of pine martens has a positive effect on red squirrel populations, according to a recent collaborative study.

9 Mar 2018

Newt survey deadlines emphasised

Ecology Briefing: Seasonably restricted great crested newt surveys must get underway in the coming months, according to Delta Simons.

9 Mar 2018

EAC inquiry investigates the ecological impacts of nitrate pollution

Ecology Briefing: Experts reveal the need to target phosphorus and nitrate pollution in tandem in order to protect the UK’s ecosystems.

9 Mar 2018

Biodiversity Metric is savaged in survey Locked

Ecology Briefing: Natural England’s survey on the Defra Biodiversity Metric has revealed that many of its elements are no longer considered appropriate and need to be revised.

28 Feb 2018

Tidal scheme could harm wildlife, says Trust Locked

Ecology Briefing: The proposed Mersey barrage scheme threatens the wellbeing of estuary wildlife, claims the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

22 Feb 2018

Southern Water trials smart sensors in pipelines

Ecology Briefing: Continuous monitoring smart sensors will be used to track PH, chlorine and detect leaks.

16 Feb 2018

Peterborough Plan shelves damaging development Locked

Ecology Briefing: The City Council’s Local Plan no longer contains a potentially environmentally damaging development at Castor, according to the Wildlife Trust.

26 Jan 2018

Homes rejected on ecology and flooding grounds Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A 24-home scheme in Ullesthorpe has been rejected on flooding and ecology and highway grounds.

18 Jan 2018

London’s parks and green spaces face uncertain future Locked

Ecology Briefing: London’s parks and green spaces face an uncertain future due to limited funds according to a London Assembly Environment Committee report.

11 Jan 2018

Northern Forest creation backed by government

Ecology Briefing: The government has kick-started plans to create a new Northern Forest (NF), in collaboration with the Woodland Trust and Community Forest Trust.

18 Dec 2017

NRW delays tree planting scheme

Ecology Briefing: Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh government have decided to delay removing trees on part of a new flood scheme in Cardiff.

8 Dec 2017

Approval for largest woodland planting scheme in 30 years

Ecology Briefing: The Forestry Commission has approved the planting of more than 600,000 trees across Northumberland over the next two years.

16 Nov 2017

JBA to carry out flood protection studies in Aberdeenshire catchments Locked

Flood Briefing: JBA is to carry out flood protection studies of three catchments in Aberdeenshire on behalf of Dougall Baillie Associates.

Europe, UK
24 Oct 2017

Fine handed down for destruction of Pipistrelle site

Ecology Briefing: A court has fined two men for destroying a Pipistrelle bat breeding site at Rowland's Castle in Hampshire.

24 Oct 2017

RSK consultant first to get badger class licence Locked

Ecology Briefing: RSK has become the first environmental consultancy to register one of its consultants on Natural England’s class licence for badgers.

11 Oct 2017

Cheshire bats may not recover from HS2 says Trust Locked

Ecology Briefing: HS2 Ltd. has made “vastly underestimated” the impact of the scheme on bats and voles, according to Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

11 Oct 2017

Facility for testing agrichemicals on farm streams to open in 2018

Ecology Briefing: Fera is to open a ‘real world’ assessment facility in 2018 to will test the impact of new plant protection products on farmland streams and ponds.

4 Oct 2017

Guidebook published on wetland designation and management

Ecology Briefing: The Ramsar Convention has published a guidebook to the designation and management of Ramsar sites.

28 Sep 2017

Salmon return to the Ecclesbourne Locked

Ecology Briefing: Salmon have been discovered on the River Ecclesbourne following the construction of fish passes by the Environment Agency and Trent Rivers Trust.

20 Sep 2017

GCN found in restored dew-pond Locked

Ecology Briefing: Great crested newts have been found at a recently restored dew-pond at the Deep Dale nature reserve in Derbyshire.

13 Sep 2017

Greens savage Government over badger cull

Ecology Briefing: The Green Party and Wildlife Trust have criticised the UK Government’s decision to expand the badger cull to 11 new areas in an effort to stop the spread of bovine TB.

6 Sep 2017

MoD withdraws Lodge Hill planning application Locked

Ecology Briefing: The Ministry of Defence has withdrawn its planning application to build 5,000 new houses on Lodge Hill, a former military site near Chattenden.

6 Sep 2017

Council urged to replace biodiversity lost to Cheshire development Locked

Ecology Briefing: Conservationists have called for measures to be taken to replace lost biodiversity after Cheshire East Council approved planning permission for the South Macclesfield Development Area.

6 Sep 2017

Whitby holiday village development could threaten rare bats Locked

Ecology Briefing: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has written to Scarborough councillors objecting to proposals to build a £40m holiday village development in “irreplaceable” ancient woodland habitat, home to five bat species.

30 Aug 2017

Firm lauds Thames cleanup Locked

Ecology Briefing: Thomson Ecology has lauded the work done in recent decades in turning the River Thames from a “dead” waterway into one bustling with life

30 Aug 2017

Manganese becomes a more pressing concern

Ecology Briefing: Underground drinking water sources may not be as safe as previously thought in parts of the US and in three Asian countries due to manganese contamination, according to a study carried out by the University of California, Riverside.

30 Aug 2017

House of Fraser opens sustainable store Locked

Ecology Briefing: Department store group House of Fraser has opened a new sustainable store in Rushden Lakes, Northamptonshire.

30 Aug 2017

Dorset man prosecuted for 64 waste fires

Ecology Briefing: A Dorset farmer has been given a suspended six-month prison sentence and banned from working in the waste industry for five years after burning waste at least 64 times on his French’s farm site near Poole

29 Aug 2017

Law firm reiterates post-Brexit concerns Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Environmental law firm ClientEarth has called on the Government to clarify how laws will be enforced once Britain leaves the EU ahead of the third round of EU Brexit negotiations.

23 Aug 2017

Solar forecasting could boost PV efficiency Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A new solar forecasting service developed at the University of Sheffield could increase the efficiency of photovoltaic systems and reduce energy costs.