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New EC "Invasive Alien Species Regulation"

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:47 [ Legislation and planning ]

The EC has published a new set of regulations to tackle the dire problem of invasive alien species (IAS) across Europe. The spread of IAS is widely viewed as one of the biggest threats to global wildlife alongside climate change and habitat loss.

The new "Invasive Alien Species...


I need an ecology report, get me out of here!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 16:13 [ Legislation and planning ]

The most visited article on the CGO Ecology website is this one: "Ecology reports needed for all planning applications." It was written in August 2010, at a time when local authorities in Dorset were becoming... Read more...


BS42020 - a new British Standard for biodiversity

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 17:31 [ Legislation and planning ]

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a British Standard for biodiversity management, assessment and information provision in the development-planning process. BS42020:2013 aims to set the gold standard for biodiversity professionals, and will be regarded with great interest in... Read more...


Comment on the Great Ryburgh GCN debacle

Friday, 18 January 2013 09:51 [ Legislation and planning ]

So here we are with yet another case of unexpected great crested newts (UXGCNs) turning up on a development site, far too late in the day, and leaving all concerned bemused and wondering where to point the finger.

This time it's a lorry-park development by the Crisp Maltings Group at... Read more...


Government to ban sale of invasive species

Friday, 07 December 2012 11:15 [ Legislation and planning ]

According to web sources, Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs has communicated the Government's intention to legislate against the sale of 'blacklisted' non-native invasive species. This follows a lengthy consultation... Read more...


EU to legislate against invasive apple snail

Friday, 02 November 2012 23:57 [ Legislation and planning ]

The following news is taken from the Fera website.

The European Food Safety Authority has recently published an opinion Read more...


6th Quinquennial Review under way

Monday, 02 July 2012 14:58 [ Legislation and planning ]

The UK's statutory nature conservation organisations have announced the commencement of the 6th 'Quinquennial Review' (QQR) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA).

As implied, the review takes place every five years, wherein an inter-agency working group led by JNCC... Read more...


National Planning Policy Framework released

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:50 [ Legislation and planning ]

The UK Government today released its long-awaited National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The document contains 57 pages of guidelines that replace all previous planning guidance, including Planning Policy Statement 9 on biodiversity and geological conservation.

The main...


EPS licensing changes due in October 2010

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:17 [ Legislation and planning ]

Natural England has issued a news update on the submission and processing of EPS licence applications in England. Entitled "EPS Mitigation Licensing: Latest Developments – August 2010", the note is available as a Read more...


Ecological reports needed for all planning applications

Tuesday, 31 August 2010 16:17 [ Legislation and planning ]

[NOTE added 20/03/2014: This article was originally written in 2010, but is equally pertinent today. If your planning authority or other official body has asked you for an ecology report, it is imperative that you seek a good ecologist to do this. We work quickly, effectively and... Read more...


"We applied to build a barn to be sited on an arable field.  The council asked for a biodiversity appraisal, and placed a short deadline for receipt. We engaged Dr Chris Gleed-Owen who made a site visit within days, and delivered a fully researched report with plans, species list and recommendation a few days later, within the required timescale.  We have therefore avoided the need for extensions and delays.  Thank you Chris.

Susan Ross, Frankham Farm, Ryme Intrinseca


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