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.