Entries by Jo Pedder

WWT publishes ‘Rich in Nature’

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)  has published its report ‘Rich in Nature’ today which urges the Government to deliver its promise of a 25-year plan, and also to make itself accountable to Parliament through an annual budget statement on the value of the environment, alongside the value of the economy. In order to fund […]

The Landscape Institute addresses connectivity and ecosystem services

Prime Environment welcomes the Landscape Insitute’s greater involvement in ecology – we often work closely with landscape architects in delivering schemes that are meaningful in a landscape context, deliver facilities such as playing areas and provide habitats for wildlife.  The continued improvement of ecological expertise in landscape architecture practices and understanding of the role of the […]

A new breakthrough on ash dieback

UK scientists have identified the country’s first ash tree that shows tolerance to ash dieback, raising the possibility of using selective breeding to develop strains of trees that are tolerant to the disease. The findings, which could help ensure ash trees will thrive in UK woodlands, have been published in a report co-funded by Defra […]

Bring on the beavers!

A licence will be issued to Devon Wildlife Trust permitting the managed release into the wild of beavers on a 5 year trial basis. Natural England’s Board has confirmed that a licence will be issued to Devon Wildlife Trust, permitting the managed release into the wild of beavers currently resident in the River Otter catchment […]

Government Strategy for Pollinating Insects

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss is launching the National Pollinator Strategy to support bees and other pollinators The government is launching a new strategy to support bees and other pollinators that are vital for fertilising plants so they produce fruits and seeds. Organisations such as Network Rail, Highways Agency and the National Trust which manage more […]

CIRIA’s BIG Challenge

The natural environment provides us with a range of crucial benefits including food, water, materials, flood defences and carbon sequestration. Biodiversity underpins most, if not all, of them. Besides the growing consensus that it is prudent to work with and make use of natural processes and systems where possible, it is wrong to let species […]

Prime Environment – a Carbon Neutral Company!

Going Carbon Neutral Since the earliest days of Prime Environment we have been talking about “going carbon neutral”. It felt like the right thing to do for the company and for the planet and in October we decided the time was right. But how to do it? An extensive internet search and several phone calls […]

What is a Biodiversity Checklist

I received an enquiry today from a client who had been asked to complete a Biodiversity Checklist to support a planning application. He explained that having been asked to complete the Biodiversity Checklist he had found it difficult to find information that would assist him, so I thought I would write this article to help […]

Natural England’s Revised Standing Advice for European Protected Species

Natural England have revised their standing advice for European Protected Species. European protected species include bats, great crested newts, dormice, natterjack toads, otters and two reptile species (sand lizards and smooth snakes). Natural England say that: “Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) and developers will no longer have to wait for 21 days for advice from Natural […]

European Protected Species Licensing

This article aims to describe what European Protected Species  (EPS) Licences are, and outlines how they are obtained.   I often provide advice to developers on EPS issues and obtain licences on their behalf.  I thought it may be useful to set out some text here that I can direct people to for further information. […]