Archive for January, 2012

Lesser Horseshoe bats found roosting in Cheshire

Monday, January 30th, 2012


Toby and Stewart were out with the Cheshire Bat Group on Sunday when the group found the first confirmed Lesser Horseshoe Bat roost in Cheshire for a number of years.

The group found a single bat free hanging in a cave during part of the regular annual round of monitoring surveys. A subsequent search of a nearby cave found a further single lesser horseshoe bat roosting.

All in all a good days work for the group and good find for Ged Ryan who spotted the first bat.

Keep an eye on the groups facebook page for more info.

Dancing Herring Gull

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Worms will instinctively rise to the surface during heavy rain to avoid drowning in their underground burrows. The sound of heavy rainfall, or the vibration caused by the rain hitting the surface are mimicked by the gull’s ‘dance’. When they rise to the surface it’s an easy meal for the gull.

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey & Code for Sustainable Homes in Wirral, Merseyside

Monday, January 9th, 2012

UES have recently been commissioned to complete Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys and Code for Sustainable Homes: Category 9 (Ecology) assessments for 7 sites in Wirral, Merseyside for Wirral Partnership Homes.

Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. The Code aims to reduce our carbon emissions and create homes that are more sustainable. The Code measures the sustainability of a new home against nine categories:

  1. Energy and carbon dioxide
  2. Water
  3. Materials
  4. Surface water runoff
  5. Waste
  6. Pollution
  7. Health and well-being
  8. Management
  9. Ecology

A total of 9 credits are available in Category 9 (Ecology), representing 12% of the points contribution in total. The approximate weighted value of each ecological credit is 1.33, second only to that of Category 2 (Water) at 1.50. The aim of Category 9 is to:

  • promote development on land that already has a limited value to wildlife, and discourage the development of ecologically valuable sites.
  • enhance the ecological value of a site.
  • promote the protection of existing ecological features from substantial damage during the clearing of the site and the completion of construction works.
  • minimise reductions and promote an improvement in ecological value.
  • promote the most efficient use of a building’s footprint by ensuring that land and material use is optimised across the development.

Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Mike Crabtree, our landscape architect, is a chartered member of the Landscape Institute (LI). The LI is the Royal Chartered body for landscape architects and promotes professional development to ensure landscape architects deliver the highest standards of practice.

Chartered membership of the Landscape Institute is an internationally recognised badge of excellence, formally recognising a member’s technical and professional competence as a landscape architect in the UK.

Landscape design is an important part of any development project and has a major impact on the final appearance of a project as a whole. Good landscape design can improve the working or living environment for people using the area and landscape design can also help to improve the quality of habitats for local species of wildlife.

Examples of landscape design by United Environmental Services Ltd: