As we return to work after a restful holiday period, the Inspired Ecology team want to wish you a happy New Year!
2021 was a busy year for us here at Inspired Ecology, thanks to our clients’ continued support and the hard work and dedication of the ecology team. In total, Inspired Ecology undertook around 200 surveys, which included over 50 bat surveys! A particular highlight for the team was collaborating with AECOM to track barbastelle bats, as well as the annual bat surveys at Tattershall Church to monitor the soprano pipistrelle and Daubenton’s bat maternity roosts there.
The team itself also saw some changes in 2021, with Helen moving on to work for her own ecology company full-time at the end of July. Iain joined us at the beginning of June but was offered a great role at North Lincolnshire Council shortly after, so we were sad to see him move on at the end of July as well. Kiran joined the team as an Ecologist in June and has been an excellent addition to the company, bringing with her yet more experience and a passion for ecology. In September, Joe also joined Inspired Ecology as an Assistant Ecologist, and we have been very impressed with how his skills and knowledge have developed since he’s joined us.
The team have continued to develop their professional skills and knowledge through lots of online talks and CPD courses in 2021. These include refreshers and updates on bat surveys, calls and mitigation, with Ian providing hand-netting training to the team. Kiran has since been able to apply for and receive her class licence to survey bats (CL21) and Rachel is hoping to soon apply for hers as well. The team have also attended talks on great crested newt eDNA surveys and CIEEM talks on Natural England’s Nature Recovery Network and on how to upgrade CIEEM Memberships, with both Kiran and Rachel hoping to upgrade to Associate Membership this year. Additionally, Rachel took part in ROLO and CITB training and now holds a CSCS card.
In November 2021, the Environment Bill was passed. This means that, when the Environment Act comes into effect (expected in 2023), there will be a mandatory requirement for 10% Biodiversity Net Gain in all developments. Although not a legal requirement yet, many local planning authorities are now asking for this to be accounted for within planning applications. As such, we expect this to become a more common requirement in 2022 and are pleased that our team are trained in offering Biodiversity Net Gain services to accommodate this.
As ever, the team are thankful to all of our clients for continuing to choose Inspired Ecology and to everyone who assisted us on surveys in 2021. Despite the many challenges that everyone has faced over the last few years, Inspired Ecology has continued to grow and the team feel very lucky that we’ve been able to achieve this success. Going forward into 2022, we are hoping to grow further, and are still on the look-out for a new Senior Ecologist, so if this is of interest then please contact Ian for more information or to send over your CV!
Thank you again for choosing Inspired Ecology and the team wishes you the very best for 2022!