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2014 – a great year for bat surveys

October 1, 2014 HannahMaben Ecological ConsultancyEcologistProjects

The weather in 2014 was optimal for bats and Seasons Ecology has clocked up in excess of 500 hours of surveying at over 26 sites across eight English counties. Surveys have comprised dusk emergence, dawn re-entry and activity surveys (using both manual transects and static detectors). Such surveys largely follow on from extended Phase 1 […]

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This week marks the start of the Great Crested Newt Survey Season for Seasons Ecology…

March 20, 2014 Kate Hayward Company NewsEcological ConsultancyIndustry Update

We donned our waders earlier this week and carried out our first newt survey of the season.  It was a cool 7°C and quite breezy, but there was plenty going on in the ponds.  A few toads and common newts, moorhens, ducks and rather too many goldfish!  It’s a sure sign of spring and warmer […]

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Shropshire Council Amends Great Crested Newt Survey Planning Guidance

February 14, 2014 HannahMaben Ecological ConsultancyIndustry Update

Shropshire Council has amended their Natural Environment Development Guidance Note 1 – When is an ecological assessment required?  This note is one of a series of guidance notes published by Shropshire Council.  The aim of this particular document is to give clear and concise advice to developers and members of the public on when a […]

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Great Crested Newts – Seasons Ecology Benefits

January 22, 2014 HannahMaben Ecological Consultancy

Hannah and Kate have over 25 years’ experience of undertaking great crested newt surveys and managing projects relating to great crested newts.  Between them they have held licences to survey great crested newts for over 20 years and have undertaken surveys in England, Wales and Scotland. Throughout their careers Kate and Hannah have advised on […]

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Ecology – An Industry Update from 2013

January 16, 2014 HannahMaben Ecological ConsultancyEcologist

2013 saw a number of changes within the ecology sector, many of which aim to improve standards and efficiency.  Here is a summary of just a few: Royal Charter for the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management In spring 2014 IEEM was granted its Royal Charter and the professional membership body is now known as […]

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Seasons Ecology wishes you a Happy New Year!

January 8, 2014 Kate Hayward Company NewsEcological ConsultancySomerset

During the past twelve months, in our second year of trading, we have been busy.  Not least because both Kate and Hannah have had babies this year.  Thanks to two very trusty and hardworking associates, Seasons Ecology has operated as usual and has been involved in some interesting projects.  These range from several London-based projects […]

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Seasons Ecology are Celebrating a Year in Business!

August 15, 2013 HannahMaben Company NewsEcological Consultancy

The seasons over the past twelve months have been extreme with a very wet and snowy autumn/winter, a late and wet spring and finally a tropical summer. This hasn’t deterred us from donning our site boots and undertaking ecological surveys for our clients! Our Partnership, which was formed on the 15th August 2012, has been […]

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The Spring Survey Season is here at last!

April 16, 2013 Kate Hayward Ecological ConsultancyEcologist

Temperatures have finally reached double figures – Hoorah! The busiest time of the year for surveys is generally the spring.  This year spring has arrived a little later. The start of the great crested newt survey season has been affected by the late arrival of spring, but we are finally commencing surveys this week.  There […]

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The Great Crested Newt Survey Season is Fast Approaching……Or so we thought!!

April 8, 2013 Kate Hayward Ecological ConsultancyEcologistSomerset

With temperatures still well below freezing at night, the great crested newt survey season is not so fast approaching!  Natural England’s (previously English Nature) guidelines for newt surveys suggest that temperatures should be consistently above 5 degrees Celsius for conditions to be suitable to survey (particularly when bottle-trapping).  This spring we have barely reached one […]

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The Great Crested Newt Survey Season is Fast Approaching!

February 4, 2013 Kate Hayward Ecological Consultancy

Believe it or not (we can’t!), the great crested newt survey season is not far away (surveys could begin in early March).  The window for surveys of this species is one of the smallest with half of the four or six visits required, needing to be carried out between mid-April and mid-May.  Between them, Kate […]

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