Nature. Not the first thing you are likely to see on the agenda of any normal executive meeting. Yet, since the release of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2005, coalitions and organisations have been transforming the language of nature into something CEO's and Board Directors understand - Economics. This has allowed 'value' to be explained … Continue reading Putting Nature on the Boardroom Table
Two and a half years ago I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the very first steps toward the now 'Building with Nature' Standards, recently launched by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. These standards have been a long time coming and are a fantastic medium to support the creation of high-quality green infrastructure throughout the … Continue reading The Launch of ‘Building With Nature’
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?
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?
For the first five years of my career, I worked closely with students, universities and employers to ensure students were prepared for the world of work. Yet, if ever I was asked my opinion on undertaking a master’s degree, it was strongly a... ‘don’t do it’. Now I find myself feeling rather hypocritical as I have recently … Continue reading Postgraduate Study: Should I undertake a Master’s? Is it all that it’s cracked up to be?
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?
It is a very daunting time when you are nearing graduation and you begin thinking about your future career. In ecology, it is absolutely essential to hone in on those most sought-after skills BEFORE you finish your studies (hindsight is always a wonderful thing). But this means you need to actually know what employers look for … Continue reading What do employers look for in a graduate ecologist?