Air pollution – hedgerows can help

A sobering new report from the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health cites pollution as the largest environmental cause of disease and premature deaths, responsible for 16% of all deaths worldwide and in Britain, for 50,000 deaths a year. Air pollution contributes...

Return of the Swifts

Swifts are a sign of summer. They arrive from Africa, normally in late April/early May and leave again in early August. Landmark’s first sightings this year were near Avonmouth and in the Chew Valley on 4 and 5 May respectively. The RSPB describes the swift as...

Biosecurity on Development Sites

The price of eggs The lockdown on poultry keepers that started in December 2016 to contain the spread of avian influenza brought into sharp relief the need for biosecurity measures in everyday commercial and recreational activities.  The outbreak spread from an...

The Ecology Survey Season is Fast Approaching

Its ok, you can say it … not newts again! Ecology can seem like a real drag when bringing forward a site.  It is possible, however to minimise disruption and cost and turn ecology into planning gain via early consideration of ecology survey requirements. If ecological...

Birds in Bristol: House sparrow

The 2017 Big Garden Birdwatch was held at the beginning of this month. This annual survey gives a snapshot of our garden bird population and an idea of which species are doing well. This huge annual citizen science event allows scientists to tap the vast resources of...