Entries by BakerConsultants

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Bat surveys – revised best practice guidance from BCT

Back in 2007, the Bat Conservation Trust published the first edition of ‘Bat Surveys: Good Practice Guidelines’, with the aim to provide some clarity on the different types of survey and survey effort needed to provide appropriate information for ecological assessments. Since 2007, new developments in equipment, methods, and legislation have meant that revision of […]

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Baker Consultants launches SM2 Field Support Service

Having become the UK’s acknowledged experts in the use of the Wildlife Acoustics’ SM2 range of full spectrum recorders, Baker Consultants Ltd has been commissioned by the manufacturer to provide field support to their UK users. The aim of the service is to answer any queries that you may have regarding the set up and […]

2011 A year for plans and new directions

I had thought that 2011 would be a year of consolidation however it turned out to be one of continued expansion and forward planning. Not only did our client base increase along with turnover but we also expanded the in-house team with Carlos Abrahams joining us as Technical Director. During 2011 we have continued to lead the […]

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Mammal Society Conference – Wales 2011

Paul reports on his trip to the Mammal Society Conference in Bangor. He attended talks on Dormice, badger mitigation and brown hares among other creatures and had a great group for his SM2 workshop. Paul writes: I was invited to run an SM2 workshop at the Mammal Conference held in Bangor by the British Mammal […]

The elusive dormouse

It took almost a whole season of survey to discover, but after monthly checks having setting out nest boxes and tubes in early June, dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius)  were discovered in hedges at a site in the south west of England. Dormice are elusive and one of the hardest species to find.  They have a southern […]

TIN102 Reptile mitigation guidelines WITHDRAWN

This newsflash has just been received from Natural England announcing the withdrawal of its reptile mitigation guidelines. Consultants and interested parties are being encouraged to provide contributions to the re-drafting process, but the contact details do not appear to be on the NE web site but can be found on the IEEM web site. Reptile […]

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European Commission guidelines on wind developments

The European Commission has published new guidance on Wind Energy developments and Natura 2000. At over 100 pages in length, the guidance covers both onshore and marine environments and includes a step-by-step procedure for wind farm developments affecting Natura 2000 sites. Baker Consultants will be reviewing this guidance and assessing the implications for our various […]

TIN102 flexible or costly?

Natural England has launched new guidelines on survey and site mitigation for reptiles, producing a single set of standards for good practice in reptile ecology work. It is aimed at developers, local authorities and consultants. All species of reptile are now on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority list, so their conservation has to […]

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SM2BAT data analysis service

In a very short period of time the SM2BAT from Wildlife Acoustics has become recognised as an industry-standard remote bat detector and is widely used by consultants, universities and researchers. Superior field equipment that records more calls brings with it the challenge of larger volumes of data to analyse. Baker Consultants is now able to […]

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SM2 winter course dates

SM2BAT COURSE DATES FOR 2011/12 Thursday 3rd November 2011 Thursday 16th February 2012 Thursday 15th March 2012   Venue: Arkwright’s Mill, Cromford, Derbyshire The full day training sessions provide users with an introduction to the SM2BAT unit itself and will focus on the following:· •    Getting to know the unit •    Basic setup for deployment […]

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New handheld bat detector from Wildlife Acoustics

WILDLIFE ACOUSTICS ANNOUNCES THE ECHO METER EM3 ULTRASONIC DETECTOR AND RECORDER At the UK National Bat Conference last week, Wildlife Acoustics announced a new hand-held bat detector and recorder. As you would expect there was great excitement in the Baker Consultants office and Paul couldn’t wait to get his hands on one. Paul said: “It’s […]

Ecological constraints to development – Free seminar

Baker Consultants is hosting a seminar at DLA Piper Manchester on Wednesday 28th September. The seminar addresses ecological constraints to development and how to overcome the legal hurdles. If you are a planner, planning consultant, developer or ecologist, whether for a commercial organisation or local authority, you are welcome to attend. Ecological issues often cost […]

Spot the Paul

Indeed, a cheap football gag, but also a serious issue for those of us who care where Paul Howden-Leach will be appearing next on the Autumn round of conferences and workshops. It’s lucky that he doesn’t mind travelling about too much because Paul is busy this Autumn running workshops, training courses and attending seminars to […]