News

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 […]
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 […]
July 30, 2016

Tewksbury Nature Reserve Bridge

We are delighted to announce that the new footbridge constructed and installed by Wild Service at Tewksbury Nature Reserve is now open. The bridge was opened in July by the Mayor of Tewksbury, and a large crowd enjoyed the ceremony as two local schoolchildren cut the ribbon on the bridge. The bridge is a 12m span, timber and steel construction, with a non -slip deck and two 9m approach ramps. All of the steel work is galvanised and the timber […]
April 14, 2016

A new Ecologist has joined the Ecology team

We welcome Olatz Gartzia to our ecologist team at Wild Services.  After working as a professional ecological consultant for over three years, Olatz went on to conduct a research project evaluating bat species richness in the rainforests of Belize.  While working there she provided recommendations on bat conservation, habitat management and monitoring techniques to local NGOs and the Environmental Research Institute of the University of Belize.  She also assisted designing the national bat monitoring protocol. Since the successful completion of […]
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 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 […]