News

June 26, 2018

We welcome Adrian Bishop as our Business Manager to the team

He will be overseeing the growth and development of Wild Service. Adrian has a long association with the Trust, having worked as a volunteer on creating the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way, Snows Farm sustainable drainage leaky dams, Coln river bank restoration, and many other projects. He also has more than 25 years experience as a commercial and operational leader of small expert businesses. Adrian “is delighted to have landed the role and excited by the prospects for the business“.   […]
June 9, 2018
Bechstein Bats

Radiotracking study on Bechstein’s bats in Mammal News

A radiotracking study on Bechstein’s bats was undertaken at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s reserve to assess the impacts of woodland management on these rare bats. A full article by Elizabeth Pimley, Eric Palmer, Giles Sutton, Nick Downs & Johnny Birks can be found in the Mammal Society’s ‘Mammal News’ Summer 2018 Issue 181.  We provide a summary and reference list below. Summary Grafton Wood Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) near Grafton Flyford, Worcestershire is an ancient semi-natural broad-leaved […]
May 28, 2018
Bat and dormouse surveys are continuing at this time of year. Badger licences to disturb or interfere with a sett are issued from early July until late November.
April 25, 2018

We wish to appoint a Land Management Foreman

Salary: circa £23,000 plus pension and life insurance Closing date: Thursday 24th May 2018 Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire Wild Service is growing and we wish to appoint a Land Management Foreman to lead and develop the Land Management department. Wild Service is an Ecology and Land Management consultancy. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and Avon Wildlife Trust. The company delivers Ecological and Land management services to a broad base of clients throughout Gloucestershire, Bristol and Avon […]
April 23, 2018
May is a busy time for us with bat, great crested newt surveys, reptile, breeding bird and botanical surveys underway. The start of May is the ideal time to undertake dormouse tube or box surveys.
April 3, 2018

We are recruiting a Business Manager

Salary: Competitive salary plus pension, life insurance and generous holidays Closing date: Friday 27th April 2018 Location: Gloucestershire and Avon We are looking to recruit a business manager to oversee the growth and development of Wild Service, developing and delivering business plans that deliver sustainable growth for the company. Wild Service is a partnership between Avon and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trusts offering a full range of land management and ecological consultancy services. The company is conservation led and has developed a […]
March 26, 2018
April starts getting busy with bat, great crested newt, breeding bird and reptile surveys as well as more detailed botanical surveys underway.
May 8, 2017
Lesser Horseshoe Bat – Photo Credit: Thomas Foxley

Bat Survey season has started – Avoid development delays!

Bat survey season has started and runs until September. Bats are highly protected and threatened by development and as a result, any works or planning consent where bats may be impacted must be evaluated by a suitably qualified ecologist. Our Natural England licensed bat ecologists will typically conduct an initial building or tree assessment to assess the potential for bats to be using the site. Follow-up surveys may be necessary to determine the nature of the use of the site […]
April 24, 2017
Photo by Shelly, Avon Wildlife Trust

Senior Ecologist Glenn Norris granted Barn owl survey licence

We are delighted to announce that Glenn Norris, one of our senior ecologists at Wild Service, has been awarded a Barn Owl survey licence by Natural England. After completing several surveys for Schedule 1 birds such as eagles, hen harrier, peregrine, red kite, osprey, red- and black-throated divers in Scotland, Glenn has concentrated on expanding his knowledge of lowland species including the barn owl. Barn owls are most commonly found in open countryside where they nest in buildings or large […]
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 […]