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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:

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

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...

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 17:16 [ Training and accreditation ]

Every year, we try to keep our 'continued professional development' (CPD) profiles updated by attending conferences and training courses. Not only are these important professionally; they are rewarding, enjoyable and educational. This week I attended an excellent CIEEM training course in... Read more...

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 08:26 [ CGO Ecology news ]

Thanks to all the county Wildlife Trusts that expressed interest in our recent round of competitions on Twitter. We offered a free slug and snail survey, and a free reptile survey training day.

The winner of the mollusc survey was Dorset Wildlife Trust. We have already surveyed two... Read more...

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 08:26 [ CGO Ecology news ]

Thanks to all the county Wildlife Trusts that expressed interest in our recent round of competitions on Twitter. We offered a free slug and snail survey, and a free reptile survey training day.

The winner of the mollusc survey was Dorset Wildlife Trust. We have already surveyed two... Read more...

Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:56 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

This week CGO Ecology is giving away some freebies via social media (Twitter and Facebook): free species surveys, and free survey training. We hope to offer more in the future, depending how successful the initiative is this time. In the meantime, please spread the word to your local Wildlife... Read more...

Sunday, 14 July 2013 19:09 [ Invertebrates ]

The following was taken from the Buglife and Exmoor National Park Authority websites:

Buglife and Exmoor National Park Authority are appealing for sightings of White-clawed crayfish on Exmoor. The two organisations are working together on a new project to map the species on... Read more...

Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:55 [ CGO Ecology news ]

With the economy still reeling from recession, and more Government cutbacks in the pipeline, the ecological professions face the same uncertain future as other disciplines. Nature conservation is taking a knock in these hard times, and the wildlife is set to suffer if cutbacks result in less... Read more...

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 18:22 [ NGOs and volunteering ]
LIMÓN, Costa Rica— Conservation groups today announced a $10,000 reward for information on the brutal killing of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a sea turtle activist working to protect nesting sea turtles on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast near Limón. According to media reports, the 26-year-old... Read more...
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:06 [ Conservation and policy ]

CGO Ecology has been busy lately. A recent highlight was visiting the Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago, where we were honoured to be guests of sea turtle conservation charity SOS Tobago - Save Our Sea Turtles Tobago. Program Manager Giancarlo Lalsingh took us to see their excellent... Read more...

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:43 [ CGO Ecology news ]

CGO Ecology Director & Principal Ecologist Chris Gleed-Owen will be away from the UK from 7-23 May 2013, on honeymoon in Trinidad & Tobago. Please forgive any lack of service in the meantime.

We have field staff working on several survey and mitigation projects in the UK during this... Read more...

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 15:36 [ CGO Ecology news ]

CGO Ecology is currently carrying out a reptile capture and translocation exercise in a large china clay quarry complex on the edge of Dartmoor. For centuries, china clay has been quarried in this corner of Devon, within a few miles of Plymouth, and the modern excavations are on a huge scale.... Read more...

Monday, 08 April 2013 09:59 [ CGO Ecology news ]

CGO Ecology has just completed a couple of large contracts on behalf of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC), and Natural England respectively. January to March has become increasingly busy in the last couple of years, with projects involving pre-season surveys, reporting, and policy-based... Read more...

Monday, 25 March 2013 09:32 [ CGO Ecology news ]
CGO Ecology is now on Twitter (, under the name @CGOEcology. Follow us there, or see a feed of our tweets to the right-hand side of the 'About us' page of this website.... Read more...
Sunday, 17 February 2013 21:34 [ Invasives and non-natives ]

Several news sources are reporting that North American signal crayfish have been detected in the Eden River catchment in Cumbria, considered a UK stronghold of the native white-clawed crayfish. This is very bad news indeed.

Once signal crayfish have entered a catchment, the writing is on ... Read more...

Sunday, 20 January 2013 11:32 [ Conservation and policy ]

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced that neonicotinoid pesticides are dangerous to honey bees, and should not be used on crops that are attractive to them. The Parliament UK website quoted the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Joan Walley MP, as... Read more...

Saturday, 19 January 2013 13:37 [ Conservation and policy ]

Ireland's National Biodiversity Data Centre has announced a new red list of Irish maflies, produced in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Northern Ireland Environment Agency. It assessed threats to all 33 species of Irish mayflies. Six are categorised as under threat of... Read more...

Saturday, 19 January 2013 13:33 [ Conservation and policy ]

According to a press release by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), around 146 beavers are now established in about 40 family groups in the Tayside region of Scotland. They originated from accidental escapes or deliberate releases around 2006.

The Tayside results come from surveys in 2012...

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...

Sunday, 13 January 2013 19:08 [ CGO Ecology news ]

CGO Ecology has been awarded a contract by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) to pilot a revised Common Standards Monitoring (CSM) methodology for herpetofauna interest features on English SSSIs. The project runs from January to March 2013, and will involve visits to 17 SSSIs and 9 SACs... 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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