Archive for February, 2011

HSE Bulletin 21st February

Monday, February 21st, 2011

The Health and Safety Executive has released a bulletin detailing some cases, prosecutions and best practice advice across a number of industry sectors.

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HSE Bulletin February 14th 2011

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The Health and Safety Executive have issued a bulletin covering some of the health and safety incidents and court cases which have happened recently. The bulletin has cases from several different industry sectors and links to good practice and relevant legislation.

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Continued Professional Development training for Architects

Monday, February 14th, 2011

United Environmental Services were invited to conduct Continued Professional Development (CPD) training for a group of architects in Oxfordshire.

The training concentrated on the ecological factors which have a bearing on development and planning permission, and the best approach to take. As the audience were largely architects the main issue that they encountered was bats. The presentation concentrated on bats, the types of bat surveys available, the best deployment of those surveys, and the best approach to legislation, licensing and planning.

The training should help the architects to properly plan for and manage ecological issues which can affect the developments which they work on, which will help to keep project schedules on time and on budget.

Great crested newts were also covered on together with breeding birds, such as barn owls.

The training was very well received by the group

Beeston Castle bat boxes and caves checked for hibernating bats

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Beeston Castle in Cheshire is home to a maternity colony of  Natterers bats during the summer months. The site also has several other species of bats which use the castle buildings, trees and caves to roost.

A search of the cave during 2010 found 1 hibernating Natterers bat towards the rear of the cave. Bat boxes were fitted into a number of trees at the same time by Cheshire bat group.

A check of the caves in early 2007 found 5 bats hibernating, 1 towards the rear of the cave in the same place as it was discovered last year and 4 others closer to the cave entrance. The bat boxes which were fitted in the trees were also checked. Some droppings were found in a few of the boxes but no hibernating bats. As the boxes are not hibernation boxes this is not really surprising. Bird droppings and nesting materials were found in several of the boxes.

We will return during the summer to check the tree boxes and hopefully get more positive results.

UES now on the Achilles database

Monday, February 14th, 2011

United Environmental Services are now registered on the Achilles database.

Achilles is a global company which pre-qualifies service suppliers ensuring that good business practices and standards are adhered to. This simplifies the procurement process for end users such as utilities companies and large development companies.

More information about Achilles can be found by clicking the link below