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...

Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Whether you have a hedgehog that visits your garden or if, sadly, your experience of this species is mainly as road traffic casualties, you may have noticed that sightings of hedgehogs are now very infrequent. Numbers of this prickly, small, species have declined...

Putting a Price on Ecosystem Services

There has been a lot of recent media coverage of the wide range of environmental factors that affect human health, including the urgent need to bring air pollution down to within legal limits and the effect of exposure to urban environments on mental health. The...