ECO-WATCH: WHAT DEVELOPERS NEED TO KNOW AND DO ABOUT WILDLIFE ON-SITE

From bats to badgers and nesting birds to newts; there are a whole host of protected species (26,427, in fact!)* that can delay development plans, should they not be identified and rehomed properly. Turning a blind eye to the presence of Great Crested Newts on a piece of land earmarked for development, for example, can not only see you slapped with a £5,000 fine PER NEWT, but could even see y...

BEWARE THE BIRDS!

Nesting season is just weeks away, and failure to comply can lead to costly and lengthy development delays. Holly Smith, head of our Environmental team, explains...  Whether you see January as that interminable period between Christmas and lighter nights, or a fresh new start, the good news is that Spring is around the corner, and it’s time to turn our attention to our tweeting feathere...

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 ...

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. ...

NEWT TO BE SNIFFED AT: ENVIRONMENT TEAM OFFERS SITE CONSULTATIONS TO AVOID DEVELOPMENT DELAYS

Harris Lamb’s Environment Team is working with developers to avoid costly delays to planning applications by providing advice on great-crested newts. Developers seeking to submit planning applications before Spring 2019 are being advised to check their sites for proximity to ponds and seek ecology surveys rather than experience delays to their proposals. Dr Holly Smith, who heads up th...