Entries by Marie Jennings

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Breeding birds in the UK

The numbers of breeding bird species in the UK vary year on year, but well over 200 species are known to regularly breed here. Bird species known to regularly occur in the UK are periodically assessed through a collaboration of the UK’s leading governmental and non-governmental conservation organisations. The most recent 2015 review used a range […]

CIEEM Awards 2018 Innovation Finalists

Each year, the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) presents a series of awards to celebrate achievements of both the profession and of individual practitioners working within the ecological and environmental management sector. The Innovation Award sets out to recognise a successful organisation demonstrating a novel approach to professional practice in any aspect […]

Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW)

From supervising the licensed removal of roofing material at a bat roost, to overseeing tree removal or the creation of ponds, an Ecological Clerk of Works (ECOW) role is varied. ECoWs play an important role on construction sites, fully briefing clients to avoid conflict with legislation or planning consents, whilst protecting biodiversity features during site […]

Great Crested Newt Environmental DNA (eDNA) Survey

Environmental DNA (eDNA) testing is a recognised survey technique for establishing the presence or absence of great crested newts in ponds during the breeding season. Using eDNA sampling has many advantages for projects, including fast turnaround times and potentially eliminating the need for further surveys – both factors which have beneficial cost implications for projects. […]

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Herpetofauna Workers Meeting

Our Technical Director, Carlos Abrahams, was invited to present a talk at the recent Herpetofauna Workers Meeting.  This national conference has been running annually for nearly 30 years, and attracts around 200 delegates. It is the main meeting covering reptile and amphibian ecology and conservation in the UK.   The meeting attracts a diverse audience […]

Wealden District Council raises objections to residential development across the southern England on Habitats Regulations grounds

In order to protect its position on issues of air quality that may have the potential to affect the Ashdown Forest SPA/SAC, Wealden District Council has taken the extraordinary step of objecting to residential development in neighbouring authorities and beyond. The objections raised by Wealden District Council include even small residential developments of a few […]

Is your ecological consultant using the right tools for the job?

A significant proportion of our work could be described as ‘rescue’ jobs, where a client approaches us to pick up from another ecologist’s work, because for whatever reason they cannot continue with the project. Mostly, it is simply that the previous consultant does not feel comfortable appearing as an expert witness at a public inquiry (it’s […]

Wildlife Law Course 8-10 November 2017

Andrew Baker will be tutoring on the Wildlife Law Course 8th-10th November. The cost of the course is £175 If you are interested in booking on the course please contact Debbie Liversidge at Browne Jacobson. For details of the course please click on the link below

We are looking for Senior Ecologists

Would you like to join Baker Consultants terrestrial team? We are looking for Senior Ecologists with at least 5 years’ experience to join us and expand our in-house team.  You will need to be self-motivated, have the ability to run projects, assist in attracting new clients and help drive to continue growing our business. If […]

The Detection of ‘Paired’ Male European Nightjars Using Unattended Acoustic Recording Devices: A Potential Census Tool

Baker Consultants ecologist Steve Docker has recently completed an innovative research project, which used unattended acoustic recording devices to record the songs produced by male European nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus – a rare bird species that is listed on Annex 1 of the European Community Birds Directive 2009 and is an amber-listed species of conservation concern. […]

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National workshop meeting on Bird Bioacoustics

Baker Consultants, alongside Wildlife Acoustics and Nottingham Trent University, recently organised a national workshop meeting on Bird Bioacoustics.  This was attended by 40 delegates from the consultancy, academic and conservation sectors, who discussed the use of acoustic recording methods for bird survey and monitoring.   The technology and techniques for recording bird songs and calls in […]

Bird Bioacoustics Workshop: Moving from research to application

The technology and techniques for recording bird songs and calls in the field have developed rapidly in recent years. Most of this development, though, has been for academic research, with little take-up so far by conservation bodies and ecology consultancies. Automated recorders and call recognition software can, however, offer better data and greater coverage than […]

Nitrogen deposition, recent Wealden case law

Andrew Baker, our Managing Director, is soon to publish a review of the recent court cases that have addressed air quality and how nitrogen deposition should be treated by the Habitats Regulations Assessment process. His paper will soon be published in the Habitats Regulations Journal http://www.dtapublications.co.uk/journal.   The cases all involve Wealden District Council and […]

Translocation of the Dingy Skipper butterfly

Mark Woods, senior ecologist with Baker Consultants, has recently overseen the latest phase of a project to translocate species rich grassland and the dingy skipper butterfly, Erynnis tages, from a former colliery in Nottinghamshire. The project involved the creation of butterfly banks for this species and was undertaken in collaboration with the Butterfly Conservation Trust. […]