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March 23, 2017
Great Crested Newt by Phillip Precey

Great crested newt season is upon us!

Spring has arrived!  At this is the time of year individual great crested newts undertake epic feats of endurance (500m is a long way to crawl for a newt!) and migrate through surrounding terrestrial habitat to assemble in the ponds where they were born. Most adults will be in the ponds during the spring and into the early summer – wooing, mating and laying eggs. The rest of the year they live on land – sheltering in stone walls, woodlands, hedgerows scrub and rough grassland in the landscape surrounding their pond. The […]
March 13, 2017

Bird Nesting Season and Vegetation Clearance

Despite this less than pleasant weather, evidence of Spring is beginning to emerge.  Snowdrops, daffodils and celandine are already flowering and magpies and crows are carrying oversized sticks to add to their nests for the coming breeding season. Yes, bird breeding season has ‘officially’ (arbitrarily) begun as of the 1st of March. As a reminder, all wild birds are protected by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (WCA) 1981 as amended, including their nests and eggs.  Specifically, this means […]
January 26, 2017

Launching “Building with Nature”

For the past year, Gemma Jerome, GI Consultant with Wild Service has been leading on the Building with Nature project with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. This new, voluntary standard for the design and maintenance of green spaces in housing and commercial development is set to be launched in the Gloucestershire and Avon area in September 2017, with plans for a national rollout to follow. Building with Nature has been designed to help developers, planners and communities understand what good is when […]
December 8, 2016

Wild Service ecologist obtains Natural England dormouse survey licence

We are delighted that our Senior Ecologist Laura Murray has recently been granted a Natural England dormouse survey licence, allowing her to lead surveys for the European Protected Species hazel dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius. Dormouse habitats include deciduous, mixed and coniferous woodland and hedgerows.  Dormice are found in England and Wales and are more common in southern counties.  If suitable habitat is found during initial site assessments then presence/likely absence surveys may be required. Surveys for dormice involve installing nest boxes or tubes […]