MEET THE NEWBIES

Harris Lamb has been on the recruitment trail in recent weeks, having welcomed a host of new faces to the team – and one familiar one. Since launching its Environmental Department in February this year, the business has been inundated with projects, and Dr Holly Smith has strengthened her team with the appointment of a Principal Ecologist, Rob Harrison, and a Graduate Ecologist, Miles Haslam....

WE WILL NEVER, EVER FORGET

Neil Harris on a weekend to Remember.   Marking 100 years since the end of WWI, last weekend was an opportunity to remember and commemorate those who fought, and those who lost their lives between 1914 and 1918. Myself and Andy (Lamb) spent the armistice centenary commemoration with some of our Canadian friends; being privileged enough to participate in the Vimy Ridge commemoration and to a...

BIODIVERSITY IMPACT CALCULATIONS EXPLAINED

Principal Ecologist Rob Harrison reports on the recent Biodiversity Impact Calculations course run by Balfour Beatty on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM): Biodiversity Impact Calculations are a useful tool for determining how development impacts natural resource. It provides a unit of measurement for how much biodiversity would be lost or gained ...

UK BUSINESSES AND THE BUDGET: WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

There had been a huge amount of hype in the run up to the Chancellor’s Budget this week, with business owners being very keen to see those contentious business rates being reduced. But what are the salient points to focus on? Nigel Fletcher of our Rating team sheds some light... Major Government announcements often promise much but, with the devil being in the detail, real benefits can be les...

A crash course in crayfish

Our Principal Ecologist Rob Harrison attended the SureScreen Scientifics Ltd Crayfish Conference last week. The conference included technical talks on a technique using environmental DNA to test whether crayfish are present in a watercourse. Presentations were provided on sample collection, method development and other eDNA market developments, along with tours of the laboratories. ...