Entries by Jo Pedder

Do I Need A Bat Survey?

My Local Planning Authority has asked for a bat survey – Do I really need one? If you are submitting a planning application that will involve the demolition of a building, modification of the roof line, or felling mature trees, you may be asked by your Local Planning Authority (LPA) to provide a Preliminary Bat […]

Do I Need An Ecology Survey?

I’m Submitting a Planning Application – Will I Need To Do An Ecology Survey? If your planning application is in the UK, the chances are that the Local Planning Authority (LPA) will request that you demonstrate whether you project will have impacts on biodiversity. LPAs have a legal duty to pay ‘due regard’ to certain protected […]

DEFRA publish bird monitoring data

Monitoring data from UK bird surveys between 1970 and 2017 have been published by DEFRA. Why monitor bird populations? Bird populations have long been considered to provide a good indication of the broad state of wildlife in the UK. This is because they occupy a wide range of habitats and respond to environmental pressures that […]

Bee Bill

Protection of Pollinators Bill Ben Bradley, MP for Mansfield has launched a campaign to save Britain’s pollinators in connection with Buglife, the charity devoted to the conservation of insects and other invertebrates. The Bill is designed to help support pollinators including bees, butterflies, wasps and moths. More than two thirds of Britain’s pollinators are in […]

New lighting tech with potential to limit impact on bats from street lighting

A new residential development Nieuwkoop (Netherlands) has been constructed with red street lights. The development is next to the Nieuwkoopse Plassen nature reserve, which is part of the Holland-Utrecht low fenland region (called the Groene Hart (transl. Green Heart)) of the Netherlands. This nature area of 2,000 hectares is among the most important wetland regions […]

New Guidance on Bird Surveys Coming in 2019

Bird Survey and Assessment Guidance in preparation New guidance on bird survey and assessment will be released in 2019, according to an update from CIEEM. They report that guidance for ecological consultants and decision makers working in planning and built development is in preparation. A steering group consisting of consultants and representatives from CIEEM, Natural […]

What does the new National Planning Policy Framework mean for ecology and biodiversity?

NPPF Update – Ecology and Biodiversity Discussion A revised National Planning Policy Framework has been published today. The document sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. The most relevant sections to our work are repeated below and I have commented on some of the more directly […]

We are recruiting – Ecologist / Senior Cambridge

Prime Environment are recruiting an Ecologist (or Senior Ecologist) to join the Cambridge office. Working in collaboration with the Principal Ecologist, you will deliver field work and reporting in the south east. You will be responsible for managing clients and their projects, keeping to budget and managing subcontractors, all with support from the ecology team. […]

Promotion: Hayley Farnell now Principal Ecologist

We are delighted to announce that Hayley Farnell is now Principal Ecologist.  Hayley has worked very hard developing our Cambridge office for some time now and has excelled leading the team here. Our client base in Cambridge is growing year on year and we continue to attract interesting projects for high profile clients. Hayley manages […]