Peak Ecology News

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Staff Training

All but two of the permanent Bakewell ecology staff now have or have applied for their CSCS cards. The two remaining members of staff plan to be taking their tests later this year. Whilst we previously had members of staff with CSCS, the decision for all members of permanent ecology staff to gain their CSCS has greatly increased our capacity to resource and deliver projects that require this accreditation.

Details of the annual course Carol Crawford runs for Flora Locale on “Woodland Plant Identification and Introduction” are now available online at: https://www.floralocale.org/Woodland flora identification and introduction
The course will be held on 1st June near Aberfeldy in Perthshire on properties owned or managed by Rick Worrell who is preparing guidelines on the subject.

The Scottish team has also been organising a demonstration day on “Protected Species Issues and their Mitigation” with our clients, Egger Forestry, for the South West Scotland and Northern Ireland branch of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS). It will take place at Shambellie Forest in Dumfriesshire on 22nd April. The Scottish team has also written an article on the same subject for the RSFS journal Scottish Forestry which is to be published in late May 2016.

The Scottish team has also organised a first aid training day for April (date to be confirmed), where successful participants will be awarded the Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), with the addition of the forestry element (EFAW +F) qualification. Anyone wishing to join us should contact Craig Macdonald at craigmacdonald@peakecology.co.uk as soon as possible. The venue will be our Strathclyde office in Ayr.

Very shortly, Peak Ecology will be unveiling our new 2016 Ecological Survey and Mitigation Calendar, tailored for the range of flora and fauna specific to Scottish ecosystems and biomes. It will appear on our website and we will be sending these out to our clients, friends and other organisations working in the outdoor environment. We hope these will help our clients with their plans for the forthcoming survey seasons.

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Peak Ecology turns 10 years old

Peak Ecology will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the company this year. Over the last decade we are proud to have become a well-established company with a very good reputation. This milestone will be officially reached in May; however we will be holding a celebration party a bit later in the year for previous members of staff and those people that have helped us to get to where we are now. Keep an eye out on our website news for further information as the year goes forward.

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Peak Ecology used for Best Practice

New CIEEM guidancePeak Ecology has been used as a case study for best practice within CIEEM’s new “Guidelines on Providing Quality Work Experience in Ecology and Environmental Management”.

Ecologist Hazel Robson was an active member of the Working Group whom CIEEM brought together to help produce the guidelines, with additional input on the case study provided by Principal Ecologist Jessica Eades.

Case Study 2 on page 10 of the document gives a summary of the Peak Ecology Internship programme that we run each year. The internship programme is continuously being modified year upon year with feedback from our intern and mentors alike.
2016 will be the fourth year we have officially ran the internship which we advertise around the start of each year.

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New Bat Survey Guide

New BCT guidanceThe Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) have issued revised guidance “Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines (3rd edition)” at the start of 2016 following extensive feedback from different user groups. This guidance provides greater clarity on the level of survey effort required, highlighting that survey effort should take a proportionate approach to the level of predicted impacts. This is something that Peak Ecology has been advising clients of for many years.

It also provides additional information on “advanced licence bat survey techniques” and “data analysis and interpretation” to name but a few.

BCT has made the full document available to download as a non-printable PDF which can be found via their website; http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/batsurveyguide.html