Entries by BakerConsultants


Nightjar spectrograms: link between vocalisations and breeding status?

At Baker Consultants, we support an active programme of research aimed at improving ecological survey and analysis techniques. As part of this, our Ecologist Steve Docker is currently working in collaboration with a Nottinghamshire based ringing group undertaking research into European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) vocalisations using automated acoustic sampling. When evaluating a site for European nightjar, […]


Our view on BCT’s Wildlife and Transport Infrastructure Symposium

Last week, our Senior Ecologist Matt Cook attended the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) Wildlife and Transport Infrastructure Symposium in London on Baker Consultants’ behalf. This blog outlines his thoughts on the event: “I have to say, following the Woodland Bat Symposium held in November, this was another excellent event organised by BCT. Although there was of course a […]

Eurasian Lynx to return to UK after 1,300 year absence?

Over 1,000 years ago, human persecution caused the UK extinction of the Eurasian lynx. Along with the loss of other apex predators, such as wolves and bears, this has led to a biological imbalance, with some prey species, such as deer, effectively having no predators to keep their populations in check. This has subsequently affected […]

Polgaver Bat House at Carlyon Bay is officially opened

May 2015 update: Watch a time-lapse video of the demolition of the Cornwall Coliseum at Carlyon Bay below. March 2015: We were delighted to attend the official opening of Polgaver Bat House, part of the Carlyon Bay development in Cornwall. Our managing director, Andrew Baker, and senior ecologist, Mark Woods, were present as Councillor June […]

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Berlin Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts: our thoughts

The third Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts was held at the Berlin Institute of Technology between March 10th and 12th, building on prior events in Stockholm (2013) and Trondheim (2011). The bi-annual event brings together representatives from academia, government agencies, industry, conservation and consultancies throughout the world. Over 400 delegates from around 30 countries […]

Our ecologists receive QGIS training

At Baker Consultants, we have long understood the value of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to our profession, and in particular the capacity of multi-platform open-source software, such as QGIS, to facilitate our work. Several of our consultants are very experienced, capable GIS analysts but, as you’d expect with ecologists of different specialisations and backgrounds, our […]

Barry Wright leads winter CIEEM hedgerow ID workshops

Our principal ecologist, Barry Wright, recently led two field training workshops for the Yorkshire and Humberside branch of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Managment (CIEEM). Taking place near Wetherby at the begining of March, the workshops were devised to help CIEEM members to identify tree and shrub species in winter, including studying twigs […]

Our ecology intern Emma records lion vocalisations in South Africa

Emma Checkley, ecology intern at Baker Consultants, has recently spent a month with the Global White Lion Protection Trust in South Africa. She has been recording lion vocalisations as part of her research into leonine communication. The recordings will be used to build a bioacoustic profile of the African lion (Panthera leo). It is hoped […]

‘Otter Hero’ recognised for 10 years of volunteering

We’re really proud that our ‘otter hero’, Ecologist Steve Docker, has been publicly recognised by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust for his ten years of otter volunteering. Alongside three other volunteers, Steve has been responsible for over 1,800 otter records in Derbyshire. Steve surveys for the presence of otters (field signs) along the Henmore Brook in […]

Stay of execution for Devon beavers will benefit biodiversity

As The Guardian reported, this January saw the announcement that wild beavers living on the River Otter in Devon would be allowed to remain, providing they are ‘proven free of disease and of Eurasian origin’. This is a potentially historic decision, as it is thought that beavers became extinct in the UK at the end of the 17th Century. Update […]

We are trained in environmental DNA (eDNA) field sampling

At Baker Consultants, our terrestrial ecologists are fully licensed and experienced great crested newt surveyors and have carried out accredited training in environmental DNA (eDNA) field sampling, led by Dr Jeremy Biggs, Director of the Freshwater Habitats Trust (FHT). This innovative and recently developed survey method is used to detect microscopic fragments of DNA biomarkers belonging […]

Climate change and lakeshore conservation paper quoted

A paper on climate change and lakeshore conservation written by our Technical Director, Carlos Abrahams, has recently been quoted in a paper on water level fluctuations and their effect on subtropical floodplain lakes. Carlos’ paper, ‘Climate change and lakeshore conservation: a model and review of management techniques‘ (Abrahams, 2008), proposes the use of Grime’s CSR theory […]

Carlos lectures at Nottingham Trent University

Carlos Abrahams, our Technical Director, has taken up a part-time and temporary position within the Biosciences Department at Nottingham Trent University, to teach on the BSc course in Ecology and Environmental Management. As well as providing students at Nottingham Trent with the benefits of his experience in ecological consultancy and countryside management, the post will further strengthen […]

Badger Cam

Baker Consultants used a remote digital camera to monitor a potential sett. A remote video recording technique has been cited as best practice by Network Rail after a project from Baker Consultants delivered significant savings on a rail infrastructure improvement project in Bedfordshire. The camera, placed at the openings, recorded constantly for three weeks, only […]