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?
On the 14th September, we saw David Attenborough release the second State of Nature report. Sadly, just like the first report back in 2013, it depicts the harrowing truths behind the ongoing declines to our biodiversity across the UK with intensive farming surging to the top of the list of reasons for the severe loss of species. This devastating … Continue reading The State of Nature – How you can help
Starting a new job is never easy, never mind starting an entirely new career. In less than 2 years I have gone from working in graduate employability and recruitment in London, to undertaking an MSc in Oxford, to beginning a new career in Birmingham for not one, but two of the world's biggest infrastructure organisations working on … Continue reading The six month review of Ecological Consultancy
On the 12th April 2016, ZSL hosted a panel discussion on the controversial subject of Natural Capital. We heard from three individuals, chaired by Jonathan Porritt, all of different mindset toward the subject. The debate was powerful and captured new lines of thinking that hadn’t been drawn out in the multitude of previous debates. This … Continue reading Natural capital: what’s in it for biodiversity?
When aspiring or working as an ecologist it is important to develop your skills and maintain your Continued Professional Development (CDP). Part of this professional development includes protected species surveying, which typically requires a licence in order to conduct some of the more invasive surveys needed by national policy, law and guidance. Licences are managed and issued by … Continue reading Working toward your Bat Licence
The RSPB are running an incredible campaign to encourage people to ‘give nature a home’. Whether it’s in your own back garden, or your entire neighbourhood. With the launch of inspiring TV adverts, the RSPB are offering a free information pack jammed with 20 ways to make your garden more wildlife-friendly, with advice and tips on … Continue reading Give Nature a Home – RSPB Campaign
In the UK alone we have lost up to 97% of our native wildflower meadows since the 1930's. Bees, in particular, have been hit hard with this loss, whilst also being put under attack by pesticides, monoculture and intensive farming, including the loss of hedgerows as vital wildlife corridors. You'll be surprised by how many crop plants … Continue reading Create a wildflower meadow in your garden
If you've paid attention to the high street over the past few years, coffee shops have been popping up everywhere, in fact, coffee shops are one of the most profitable sectors in the UK economy. In 2013, 800,000 British adults visit a coffee shop at least four times a week according to Kantar1. That means we are drinking an … Continue reading Shade coffee VS Sun coffee