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Friday, 15 April 2011 07:55 [ Reptiles ]

Planned road upgrade works for the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road led to a huge operation in 2010 to rescue thousands of reptiles from the verges that would be temporarily destroyed. Dorset County Council employed CGO Ecology to carry out the work. The reptiles were moved to several sites that had... Read more...

Tuesday, 05 April 2011 21:51 [ Research and discussion ]

Researchers are investigating adder populations in southern England to see if they are suffering from genetic bottlenecking. This can occur when populations become too small, and low gene flow means they are not enriched by sharing of mutations between numerous individuals.

Most...

Friday, 11 March 2011 20:40 [ Research and discussion ]

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust has released a landmark report compiling the first three years of results from its nationwide widespread species surveys. The results are worrying. Adders seem to be declining fast, and were recorded from only 7% of sites surveyed. Toads, newts,... Read more...

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 16:01 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

CGO Ecology is pleased to hear that two new local ARG groups have been set up for the counties of Nottinghamshire and Hertfordshire. The national network of local voluntary groups is the backbone of herp recording and conservation in the UK.

Nottinghamshire's new group (NARG) has...

Thursday, 17 February 2011 18:44 [ Survey news ]

Spring isn't quite here yet, and there's undoubtedly plenty more cold miserable weather to come, but there are already signs of the reptiles waking up. Reports have come in today from Chris Dresh (ARC Dorset Field Officer) of a sand lizard at Great Ovens Hill and an adder at Lytchett Heath in... Read more...

Wednesday, 29 December 2010 12:15 [ Meetings and events ]

Well there is virtually nothing else on the amphibian and reptile conservationist's calendar that beats the annual Herpetofauna Workers' Meeting (HWM) conference. Imagine it is as if herp enthusiasts are cast to the four corners of the land, in their own little wilderness, and then once a year... Read more...

Friday, 26 November 2010 00:26 [ Meetings and events ]

The cold hibernation season begins, and with it the conference season. During the next two months there are at least two national and one regional herpetological conservation conferences. CGO Ecology is represented at all of them.

Saturday 27th November sees the first ever regional...

Thursday, 04 November 2010 09:40 [ CGO Ecology news ]

By Chris Gleed-Owen, CGO Ecology's Director & Principal Ecologist:

As the field season drew to a close in late October, far-flung places beckoned for me. With work generally fairly slack over the winter period, I prefer to use the opportunity to travel, see new places, new... Read more...

Thursday, 07 October 2010 20:17 [ Research and discussion ]

The current spell of warm and sunny weather is showing signs of becoming a longer phase of unseasonably mild weather, and the term 'Indian Summer' is already being banded about. With several days of sunny weather forecast ahead, daily air temperatures are expected to exceed 20°C.

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...

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...

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:33 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

Dorset Amphibian and Reptile Network (DARN) now has a Facebook group. Join the group and add any herp-related news or suggestions, or contact us to be added to the DARN email circulation list.... Read more...

Thursday, 19 August 2010 00:38 [ Meetings and events ]

Make a date in your diaries for this excellent conference: Saturday 27th November 2010 at Draycott Memorial Hall, Latches Lane, Draycott, Somerset, BS27 3UE (, ST474514).

A meeting of Amphibian and Reptile Groups in Southwest England is long overdue,... Read more...

Monday, 12 July 2010 14:06 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

On a recent trip to Turkey, CGO Ecology's Chris Gleed-Owen visited the DEKAMER research and rehabilitation centre at Iztuzu Beach in Turkey. Situated behind an important turtle nesting beach near Dalyan on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, DEKAMER rescues injured marine turtles and nurses them back... Read more...

Thursday, 01 July 2010 09:05 [ Reptiles ]

Britain's rarest reptile, the smooth snake, is only found in a handful of southern English counties. Heathland loss during the 20th century has seen them disappear from whole counties such as Devon. However, a project coordinated by Amphibian... Read more...

Saturday, 19 June 2010 14:41 [ Reptiles ]

CGO Ecology has been tasked with moving a population of reptiles to save them from a quarry development. Several hundred common lizards and a small number of grass snakes are expected in the capture exercise that will take place in July 2010. The reptiles occupy an area of pasture and quarry... Read more...

Wednesday, 09 June 2010 21:10 [ CGO Ecology news ]

CGO Ecology has a new employee, Sarah Atkinson, who has joined us an an Ecologist on a short-term contract to work on the A338 Spur Road reptile translocation. Sarah graduated from Plymouth University in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Wildlife Conservation. She spent a year's placement working with... Read more...

Monday, 24 May 2010 16:26 [ Reptiles ]

Major building works planned at Seaford College, West Sussex, have necessitated the translocation of a population of slow-worms. The school has an impressive walled garden, thought to be Elizabethan, which is somewhat overgrown around the edges. This currently provides ideal habitat for a... Read more...

Saturday, 24 April 2010 10:12 [ Publications ]

Forty-eight years since Rachel Carson's seminal book "Silent Spring" awoke the world to the devastation that developed countries were causing to their native wildlife, a new book examines whether things have got any better or worse.
Edited by Norman Maclean, the book brings together...

Monday, 19 April 2010 18:08 [ CGO Ecology news ]

CGO Ecology Ltd would like to welcome a new member of staff. Mike Hobby was employed as Assistant Ecologist in mid-March 2010, and will be working with us over the coming months. He has previously worked for CGO Ecology on a self-employed basis, assisting our reptile translocation work at the... 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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