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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Survey News: January, a quieter time for less constrained surveys
Although January is a quieter time of year in terms of specialist surveys, we still undertake less seasonally constrained surveys such as Phase 1 and protected species survey assessments, winter bird, badger and otter surveys, which can be done throughout the year.
Survey News: September through October, EPSL and more
Autumn is a good time to carry out nut searches for signs of dormice. Late September is also the end of the reptile season and bat survey seasons. We start compiling the majority of European Protected Species licence (EPSL) applications from this time onward.
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“. […]