Miles King - The People marched, quietly, fiercely, joyfully, through the West End of London. #PeoplesWalkForWildlife
Ever took a risk on a new job and then thought, 'WTF have I just done?'. That was me a few months ago. When I took a risk on a new job that, despite being a great role and a great company, turned out to simply be the wrong fit. Nonetheless, I felt my world … Continue reading Feeling like a failure after a ‘career-blip’
The recent article released by the Guardian today [21 October 2017] shares the shocking truth that our insect ecosystems are collapsing due to human pressures. This could be a catastrophe. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth The shocking article titled 'A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe' … Continue reading Insect abundance drops 75% over 27 years
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?
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
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
Despite working as an ecologist, I spend the majority of my life tied to an office chair, with my eyes glued to a computer screen. When I am not there, it's dusk (or dawn) and I have my eyes glued to a tree or building feature awaiting the emergence or re-entry of a tiny bat that may … Continue reading Embarking on Wild Weekends
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?
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