Public space is so important for the health and well-being of our communities, our wildlife and for the environmental sustainability of our cities. This TEDx Talk highlights fantastically what can be achieved to meet the needs of everyone, as well as economic prosperity. Adrian Benep, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for … Continue reading The Power of Sustainable Design in Public Green Space
Whilst much focus lies on renewable energies, the long-term environmental impact of solar farms is still in relative infancy compared to wind turbines and hydropower. But with an appropriate land management plan, solar farms have incredible potential to support wildlife whilst contributing to national biodiversity targets - becoming undisturbed havens for wildlife across the UK. There … Continue reading Can ground mounted solar farms be wildlife havens?
Weeds. Hate 'em or love 'em, they're everywhere. I remember moving into our first home and having my very own 'garden' to love and nurture. It had no lawn or soil, just a yard, so everything was in pots, much of it in desperate need of some TLC. The only flower blooming was my pride … Continue reading Introducing the Summer of Weeds — awkward botany
There are many methods to improve biodiversity, retain and manage habitats and secure enough food and water for a growing global population. Farming is at the heart of all of this, albeit with often contradicting demands on the way we grow our produce. Here, I take a peek into the world of a highly favourable … Continue reading Can ‘Vertical Farming’ save the planet?
Over recent years we have seen strong evidence that suggests investing in green infrastructure can promote economic growth as well as human health and well-being, not to mention support a diverse range of plant and animal species. But as habitat loss continues to be extensive and rapid with agricultural intensification and increasing land take for housing and infrastructure development, … Continue reading Greening the Grey – making the most of our urban green spaces
Is it just me or has the 10,000 step challenge boomed in 2017? Or maybe it simply feels that way because I'm attempting said challenge myself and not one person I've talked to about it has said, 'what's that?'. Most people smile saying, 'me too!' and eagerly show me their step-tracking device. As far as I can … Continue reading Are you stepping your way into new habits?
Botany is my thing. Well, I want it to be my thing. I have found myself spending 99% of my time behind a desk rather than out in the field, leaning towards project management rather than field surveying. My exposure to plants, therefore, has been limited at best, with the knowledge I have built over … Continue reading Tackling Botany – the Identiplant Journey
With the recent announcement from the UK government to deliver 14 new “garden villages” built outside existing settlements, it made me question how green are these villages actually going to be? It reminded me of an article I read in the CIEEM Bulletin, InPractice magazine from June 2016, discussing the case for high-density housing vs … Continue reading How Green is your Garden Village?
Have you ever been in the company of someone that makes you feel like a better version of yourself? Where you feel truly worthy of their company like every word is absorbed and listened to whilst you drink in every last word they say too? That your common interests or opposing views are valued equally … Continue reading A better version of myself
As ecologists, many of us will be undertaking work on active construction sites and/or pre-construction phase sites. Although not a statutory requirement, you will find many contractors and construction clients insist that those people attending their sites hold the appropriate CSCS card for the work they are undertaking, particularly if not being escorted. You know you … Continue reading Booking your CSCS Test as an Ecologist