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'Highly Commended' in CIEEM awards

Sunday, 25 June 2017 22:43 [ Reptiles ]

We are very pleased that CGO Ecology was 'Highly Commended' in the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) annual awards ceremony in London last week. Our involvement on the A338 rebuild project from 2009-2016 in Dorset reached the final three in the 'Innovation'... Read more...


Reptile mitigation with no fence!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:06 [ Reptiles ]

This is a short article about the great efforts we and Dorset County Council (DCC) have been going to over the last year, to ensure that a major rebuild of the A338 dual carriageway in Dorset doesn't harm reptiles: Read more...


Rescuing reptiles after the Town Common fire

Thursday, 02 April 2015 08:58 [ Reptiles ]

Many of you will have heard the terrible news this Tuesday afternoon (31st March 2015) that on one of Dorset's best-known and best-loved heathlands was largely lost in a huge fire. The Fire Service believes it was arson, with the fire started deliberately in three places. Much of Amphibian and... Read more...


Sand lizard capture & the equinoxes

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:11 [ Reptiles ]

As the days get shorter, this week in late September sees us pass the point of equal day and night length: the autumnal equinox. The spring and autumn equinoxes are busy times for reptiles in northern latitudes with pronounced seasons. The vernal (spring) equinox sees lots of activity following... Read more...


A corker of a NARRS survey!

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...

Two-headed adder found in Yorkshire

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...


Natrix natrix, the newest Scottish native

Sunday, 05 February 2012 20:54 [ Reptiles ]

After years of speculation, it's now official - grass snakes are native to Scotland.

Conventional wisdom has always maintained that the grass snake (Natrix natrix) is native to England and Wales, but not to Scotland. Its northern range edge curiously matches the Scottish... Read more...


Adders in crisis, declare experts

Monday, 21 November 2011 19:55 [ Reptiles ]

The adder, Britain's only venomous snake, is in crisis. This is the conclusion drawn by a group of reptile experts and conservationists who attended a conference on the latest research on adders, including reports about its status in this country.

The meeting at Greenwich University in...


Bumper Year for the Sand Lizard Recovery Programme

Thursday, 01 September 2011 20:14 [ Reptiles ]

This year has been a bumper year for sand lizard conservation. The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) has managed to introduce/reintroduce sand lizards to seven sites in England and Wales - possibly a record number.

Following on from a century of heavy declines, and... Read more...


Too hot to spot!

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 19:56 [ Reptiles ]

The current hot weather is making reptiles difficult to spot. In hot weather, reptiles don't need to spend much time basking, and we lose our best chance of seeing them.

With daytime temperatures finally back where they should be in the British summer, the sunny weather is not to... Read more...


Early success for A338 reptile translocations

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...


Early success for Devon smooth snake reintroduction

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...


Devon reptiles on the move

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...


New home for Elizabethan garden slow-worms

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...


Reptile refugia deployed on Spur Road

Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:26 [ Reptiles ]

Now that spring is finally upon us (more or less), reptile capture work on the A338 can resume. CGO Ecology Ltd has spent this week preparing and laying 11,000 roofing felt refugia for reptiles on the Spur Road verges. Accompanied by a Dorset Works Organisation traffic management team, the felts ... Read more...


Spur Road reptile survey

Thursday, 23 April 2009 08:05 [ Reptiles ]

CGO Ecology has been commissioned by Dorset County Council to carry out a reptile survey of the A338 Spur Road north of Bournemouth, Dorset. The 8.5 km road will be subject to a £27-million 'rebuild' over the next two years, with barrier upgrades and verge drainage renewal. The spring 2009... 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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