UES News http://www.ues.org.uk/news United Environmental Services, ecological consultants based in Cheshire, specialising in protected species planning, survey and mitigation works, and all aspects of environmental management. Bat Surveys, Great crested newt surveys, Dormouse surveys, Habitat surveys. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:20:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.14 Environmental mitigation for local road schemes http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/04/environmental-mitigation-for-local-road-schemes/ http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/04/environmental-mitigation-for-local-road-schemes/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:20:13 +0000 http://www.ues.org.uk/news/?p=1327 I recently attended a CIEEM event on environmental mitigation for local road schemes, which included a site visit to look at the mitigation designed and implemented as part of the A5758 Broom’s Cross Road (Thornton to Switch Island Link) in Sefton. The event was run by Stephen Birch, Strategic Transport Planning and Investment Team Leader for […]

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Bat rescue at Mottram St Andrew Primary Academy in Macclesfield http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/04/bat-rescue-at-mottram-st-andrew-primary-academy-in-macclesfield/ http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/04/bat-rescue-at-mottram-st-andrew-primary-academy-in-macclesfield/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:32:40 +0000 http://www.ues.org.uk/news/?p=1323 I was recently called out to Mottram St Andrew Primary Academy in Macclesfield to rehome a grounded bat found by the school children during their break (initially thought to be a tarantula by the children!). As per the Bat Conservation Trust guidelines (see below) the bat was safely placed in a box until I arrived: 1. Contain […]

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CIEEM 2016 Spring Conference: Advances in Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/03/cieem-2016-spring-conference-advances-in-ecological-impact-assessment-ecia/ http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/03/cieem-2016-spring-conference-advances-in-ecological-impact-assessment-ecia/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:27:38 +0000 http://www.ues.org.uk/news/?p=1318 I recently attended CIEEM’s (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management) 2016 Spring Conference in London. The conference was an opportunity to: understand the principal changes to CIEEM’s guidance on Ecological Impact Assessment; discuss what makes a good EcIA from the perspectives of key stakeholders; learn about new approaches (and challenges) to taking account of […]

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National Wildlife Crime Unit to continue operating http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/03/national-wildlife-crime-unit-to-continue-operating/ http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/03/national-wildlife-crime-unit-to-continue-operating/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 10:25:15 +0000 http://www.ues.org.uk/news/?p=1314 The Government has confirmed that it will fund the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit for at least the next four years.  Funding for the unit was due to expire at the end of March 2016 and it appeared to be facing a very uncertain future. Funding from DEFRA and the Home Office has now been […]

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Bat & GCN licences issued by Scottish Natural Heritage http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/02/bat-gcn-licences-issued-by-scottish-natural-heritage/ http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/02/bat-gcn-licences-issued-by-scottish-natural-heritage/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:08:21 +0000 http://www.ues.org.uk/news/?p=1309 Great crested newts (GCN) & Natterjack toads Great crested newts, Natterjack toads and the places in which they live are given protection under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended) as European protected species.  Licences are available for certain purposes to permit actions that might otherwise constitute an offence in relation to them. Toby Hart, Kathryn James, Stewart Bradshaw and […]

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Hedgehog foster care http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/02/hedgehog-foster-care/ http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/02/hedgehog-foster-care/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:24:36 +0000 http://www.ues.org.uk/news/?p=1300 A few years ago I became involved Warrington Hedgehog Rescue. The rescue centre was set up by a resident of Warrington who took it upon herself to care for injured hedgehogs in her local area. As word of the rescue centre spread more and more hedgehogs began to be admitted by concerned members of the […]

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Winter tree ID course http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/02/winter-tree-id-course/ http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2016/02/winter-tree-id-course/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:46:32 +0000 http://www.ues.org.uk/news/?p=1296 After a smattering of overnight snow, the traffic leading out of Cheadle, north Staffordshire, was stationary. It wasn’t the best start to the day, but I arrived at the training course safe and well, if a little late. As I sat in the traffic, I developed concerns about missing the introduction of the training day, […]

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Field identification skills certificates (FISC) http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2015/08/field-identification-skills-certificates-fisc/ http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2015/08/field-identification-skills-certificates-fisc/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:30:48 +0000 http://www.ues.org.uk/news/?p=1304 In early summer 2015 the UES ecologists tested their plant identification skills by completing BSBI’s Field Identification Skills Certificate (FISC). The test determines your botanical skill level from 1 (basic ID skills) to 7 (outstanding) and measures your botanical knowledge in-situ. For some of us it was our first time while the others were hoping […]

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Badger rescue http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2015/07/badger-rescue/ http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2015/07/badger-rescue/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:38:18 +0000 http://www.ues.org.uk/news/?p=1288 As well working as an Ecologist for UES I am vice-chair of the Wirral and Cheshire Badger Group. As a volunteer for the group I am on call to respond to incidents which may include badger injuries, reports or badger persecutions, police incidents and issues with badgers on residential, commercial and industrial properties. On a […]

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Low impact bat class licence http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2015/07/low-impact-bat-class-licence/ http://www.ues.org.uk/news/2015/07/low-impact-bat-class-licence/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:34:50 +0000 http://www.ues.org.uk/news/?p=1307 Natural England introduced the new Low Impact Bat Class Licence in 2015. We are pleased to announce that our Managing Director Toby Hart is now one of only a handful of registered consultants. The licence will cover the disturbance and/or capture of bats and/or damage or destruction of bats roosts of low conservation significancei.e. feeding […]

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