News

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 […]