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Monday, 23 June 2014 11:49 [ CGO Ecology news ]

Hello, my name is Noel Bergin, and I am the new Senior Ecologist at CGO Ecology. Since starting in May, I have been working on GCN and bat mitigation work, but also at a number of railway sites, capturing and translocating reptiles.

In 2003, sand lizards were discovered at... Read more...

 
Friday, 30 May 2014 16:31 [ CGO Ecology news ]

It's very important to us that our employees find their work enjoyable and fulfilling, so we ask for staff feedback on a regular basis, and we will publish it here on the website. The first person to tell us how her first month with CGO Ecology has gone is Colette Gibson from Camarthen, who has... Read more...

 
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:16 [ Bats ]

As a small independent consultancy, CGO Ecology Ltd was focused primarily on amphibian and reptile consultancy in its early years; but now that our business is much larger, the breadth of our capability has grown. We have tended to subcontract out most of our bat work until now, using the... Read more...

 
Sunday, 11 May 2014 13:40 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

Yesterday CGO Ecology's Chris Gleed-Owen and ARC's Nick Moulton were out on Studland Peninsula in Dorset, training reptile survey volunteers for the Cyril Diver Project. Despite a grim start to the weather, the sun came out, and we saw dozens of sand lizards, plus a smooth snake and lots of... Read more...

 
Monday, 05 May 2014 14:44 [ CGO Ecology news ]

Owing to our expanding order book, we have recently been recruiting new staff. An advert on the Countryside Jobs Service (CJS) website two weeks ago yielded well over a hundred CVs. We were pleased to have such a good response, and the standard of applications was generally high.

We were ... Read more...

 
Thursday, 17 April 2014 19:23 [ CGO Ecology news ]

UPDATE 05/05/2014 - WE HAVE FILLED ALL POSITIONS, AND ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.

 

We have posted the following job advert on Countryside Jobs Service website:

CGO Ecology is an ecological consultancy based in Dorset and Nottinghamshire, operating across... Read more...

 
Monday, 14 April 2014 17:17 [ CGO Ecology news ]

The spring is always a busy time for ecological consultancies, and CGO Ecology's calendar is pretty full this year. In fact, it never quietened down over the winter 2013-2014; we have remained busy throughout. Much of it was down to EPS licence applications and the protracted drama these seem to ... Read more...

 
Monday, 10 March 2014 16:56 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

Last Saturday I spent an enjoyable and highly-educational day learning about cetacean and seabird ID. The location: Dorset Wildlife Trust's Chesil Beach Centre, between Weymouth and Portland, with panoramic views of Portland, Portland Harbour, the Fleet, and of course, Chesil Beach. The trainer: ... Read more...

 
Monday, 03 February 2014 22:15 [ Meetings and events ]

Last weekend saw yet another excellent Herpetofauna Workers' Meeting, this time at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Thanks to ARC and ARGUK for organising it.

CGO Ecology was among the sponsors of the conference, and we were honoured to be able to help out an organisation that is close to our... Read more...

 
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 20:51 [ Mammals ]

Yesterday a range of news sources reported that a Dorset badger cull is "looking increasingly likely", paraphrasing the words of Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill. The BBC, the Daily Telegraph, the Dorset Echo were among those reporting the story.

This news will come ... Read more...

 
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 20:35 [ Amphibians ]

The following from Sergé Bogaerts:

A deadly skin-eating fungus is threatening Belgian Fire Salamander populations. Amphibians are already globally threatened by dramatic population declines, which are in part driven by infectious diseases. Despite the well-known occurrence of several... Read more...

 
Monday, 30 December 2013 18:28 [ Invasives and non-natives ]
Hottentot fig is an increasingly-common sight on British coastlines, and a rather attractive one. The problem is that it outcompetes native coastal vegetation, displacing rare species like the sand lizard (Lacerta agilis), and could even be adding to coastal erosion in some... Read more...
 
Friday, 27 December 2013 11:41 [ Invasives and non-natives ]

The following is an open letter from CGO Ecology's Chris Gleed-Owen to Bournemouth Borough Council:

Dear Bournemouth Council. I tweeted you (and Dorset Police) recently about the Southbourne landslip, but got no response. I want to know if anybody at the Council is concerned about the... Read more...

 
Monday, 23 December 2013 23:55 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

A taskforce of hardworking team of volunteers from the amphibian and reptile group network ARG-UK has just returned from a habitat-management taskforce to the Sefton Coast of Merseyside. The group, funded by a grant from ARG-UK's 100% Fund and conservation NGO Habitat Aid, carried out urgent... Read more...

 
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 19:28 [ Conservation and policy ]

The NewForest was among nine precious landscapes in Britain to receive £21 million in Heritage Lottery Fund money. The Hampshire bational park will receive an HLF grant of £2.9m, including £161,000 of development funding. Read more about it here in the Read more...

 
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...

 
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 17:44 [ Training and accreditation ]
We receive lots of letters and CVs from graduates looking for ecological consultancy jobs. In a competitive job market, your CV needs to stand out from the rest by having lots of practical experience, rather than just three years of theoretical classroom learning. Yesterday we tweeted some tips on... Read more...
 
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:50 [ Invasives and non-natives ]

CGO Ecology has teamed up with Bournemouth University to carry out a research project into the occurrence and possible impacts of a tiny invertebrate animal from the southern hemisphere. The Australian landhopper (Arcitalitrus dorrieni) is an amphipod crustacean, in the same family... Read more...

 
Friday, 04 October 2013 16:53 [ Reptiles ]
Sometimes things work out just fine if you leave them to the last minute; generally they do not. Today, however, was the former. I had my biggest ever NARRS reptile count - 87 common lizards and one slow-worm - in two hours walking round Redhill Common in Bournemouth, Dorset, at the very tail end... Read more...
 
Sunday, 29 September 2013 17:08 [ Reptiles ]

This story is doing the rounds at the moment: a two-headed adder seen in Yorkshire. Here is the BBC's take on it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/24289923

A live two-headed anything is indeed a very rare sight, and one worthy of great... Read more...

 
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"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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