Jon Moore – new senior ecologist

We are pleased to announce that Jon Moore has joined our Derbyshire team.  

Jon is a senior ecologist based in the Derbyshire office managing projects throughout the Midlands, Yorkshire, and the North.

With the arrival of Jon we can now provide more support for our clients on bat related projects (Jon has a class 2 bat licence as well as licences for great crested newts and barn owls), as well as phase 1 habitat surveys and other protected species work.

Most excitingly, we can also now offer two new in-house services – climbing inspections for bats in trees and sonogram analysis for other consultancies. We’ll be adding pages describing these capabilities to the website soon.

Jon’s profile is here and he can be contacted on 0330 2233825.

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 environmental improvements, the report cites the Norwegian approach, where companies who deplete the nation’s natural wealth have to pay towards renewing it through a ‘sovereign wealth’ fund.

Families and businesses will be worse off if a Government manifesto commitment to the environment falls due to Brexit, the Trust says:The Government’s proposed “25 year plan for the environment” has been postponed following the EU Referendum, having already been watered down from a Government UK-wide plan to just a Defra departmental plan for England.

The Government’s proposed “25 year plan for the environment” has been postponed following the EU Referendum, having already been watered down from a Government UK-wide plan to just a Defra departmental plan for England.

The plan was supposed to reduce annual costs of environmental damage to businesses and households, by improving our environment. Estimates of these costs for the UK include £15-20 billion from air pollution1and £1.4 billion from flood damage2 alone. much of which is met by our insurance premiums. Water pollution can add up to 17% to water customer’s bills3. Water companies in England and Wales spend at least £129m per year to clean farm pollution from our water4. Meanwhile the farmers themselves incur an extra £180 million per year in growing costs due to industrial chemicals in the air5.

But preventing environmental damage at source can have high returns. For example, it’s estimated that creating 100,000 hectares of new wetlands upstream from towns and cities could have an estimated benefit-cost ratio of between 3:1 and 9:1 because wetlands help to reduce floods, drought and pollution by regulating water flow.

Key recommendations of the report include:

  1. Commit to a 25-year environment plan, with open public and Parliamentary consultation
  2. Ensure UK environmental protection is as strong or stronger in our new relationship with the EU
  3. Introduce an annual Natural Wealth Statement to account for our natural capital
  4. Appoint catchment commissioners, with powers of mapping, coordinating and commissioning
  5. Establish guidance and accreditation for recognised green prescription providers

Read more here and here