Entries by Marie Jennings

AEECoW holds inaugural training course

The Association for Environmental and Ecological Clerks of Works (AEECoW) is a not for profit organisation set up by environmental consultants three years ago.  Since then, it has established itself as the qualifying body for Environmental and Ecological Clerks of Works (Env/ECoW). Their first training course was held in Stirling in September this year to […]

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Bioacoustics tracks the elusive Nightjar

Bioacoustic recorders could provide us with vital additional information to help us protect rare and endangered birds, such as the European nightjar. Research, led by Newcastle University, found that newly developed remote survey techniques were twice as effective at detecting rare birds as conventional survey methods. Using automated equipment to record nightjars at dawn and dusk, […]

Baker Consultants sponsor CEG bed race

We have sponsored one of our clients,  Commercial Estates Group, (CEG Harrogate)  in a Bed Race to to raise money for Saint Michael’s Hospice of Harrogate. The race was on Saturday 14th June and involved  pushing the bed around a 2-mile course (including a river crossing!) competing against 89 other teams in front of a 20,000 crowd. […]

Workshop on good practice for wind farms alongside birds

Jane attended the Scottish Windfarm Bird Steering Group (SWBSG) Event last week on developing good practice for wind farms alongside birds. The SWBSG is made up of representatives from the Scottish Government, SNH, Scottish Renewables and RSPB Scotland. The group is working to develop a common understanding of the issues relating to impacts of onshore […]

Steve checking dormouse tubes

The first dormouse tube checks of the season were done during April by Steve and Diana, in beautiful bluebell woods. If you need a dormouse survey contact us at survey@bakerconsultants.co.uk  

Baker Consultants gains ISO 9001 and 14001 Certification

Baker Consultants has recently been awarded ISO certification for ISO 9001 and 14001. Ever since its inception five years ago our willingness to innovate has been applied to our business systems as well as our technical output. This has now been formally recognised through the implementation of the ISO framework across the business. Andrew Baker, […]

Research into effectiveness of remote cameras for mammal observations

‘Trophy camera traps’ were originally designed to provide the sport hunter with information regarding the abundance and distribution of their ‘trophy’ (i.e. game animals). However, the appropriation of this field tool by ecologists in recent years has considerably improved the monitoring efficiency of notable species for conservation purposes; i.e. by minimising cost and effort and […]

Our connection to INNSA and Freshwater Habitats Trust

Baker Consultants has become a member of two organisations this month, INNSA (Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association) and the Freshwater Habitats Trust. INNSA is the industry body for companies involved in controlling and eradicating invasive non-native species in the UK and the Freshwater Habitats Trust, based at Oxford Brookes University, is the only national freshwater charity […]

Our annual charity donation this year is to Aquabox

It feels like the right thing to do to put something back from the success of Baker Consultants, so each year we donate to a charity or a project somehow connected with our locality or the ecology industry. Fresh clean water, a basic amenity for us but a precious resource nonetheless and scarce in many […]

New member of the ecology team

Steve Docker joins the Baker Consultants ecology team this month from a career in engineering. Steve has been freelancing for the last year but is originally a Chartered Engineer (CEng).  He decided he wanted a career change to become an Ecologist, so to help with his training he has completed over 100 ecology based courses […]

Plan your breeding bird and other surveys now

Well, after many dull and dreary winter bird surveys almost devoid of dawn and evening choruses and birdsong of any note (except for the persistent robin of course), it’s coming towards that time of year again when us ecologists, particularly those of us with an avian disposition, sink to our knees and cry hallelujah! At […]

Councils failing on ecology issues

Andrew commented on an article in The Environment Analyst concerning the lack of expertise and resources within councils regarding ecology issues, meaning planning applications risk legal problems related to ecological factors. See the link to read the full article. Link to The Environment Analyst

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Rich Hall attends Avian Radar Systems Workshop

Rich writes: With the continued growth of our marine business, I attended this event to investigate the opportunities it presented for marine and coastal bird survey, particularly in relation to offshore windfarms. DeTect staff delivered detailed presentations on the capabilities and technical aspects of their radar system. One of the problems with offshore bird monitoring […]