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eDNA testing for great crested newts – until 30th June!

May 26, 2015 HannahMaben Industry Update

Seasons Ecology are pleased to announce that we are able to offer eDNA (environmental DNA) testing as a method of surveying for great crested newts (GCNs). Following Natural England’s announcement last year stating that eDNA is a valid method of confirming presence/absence of GCNs we are adding it to our array of survey techniques. Extends […]

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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 – Frequently Asked Questions

January 28, 2014 HannahMaben BathEcologistSomerset

Here are the answers to several frequently asked questions, which we hope will help you understand great crested newts and the need for surveys, licences and mitigation.  You might enjoy testing your knowledge by completing our quick Great Crested Newt Quiz. Why are great crested newts protected? Where do great crested newts live? How long […]

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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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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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