Good luck Iain!

After joining us on a temporary basis, Iain was successful in securing a permanent position within the environment team at North Lincolnshire Council. We’re very sad to see Iain go but have enjoyed working with him over the past couple of months and have been very impressed with the progression in his ecological skills and knowledge.

We wish Iain all the best in his new role and hope that North Lincolnshire Council know how lucky they are to have him on their team!

Welcome Kiran!

The Inspired Ecology team has gained a new member today as Kiran has joined us as an Ecologist!

Kiran studied Zoology at university and has four years’ experience of working in ecological consultancy with a range of different species. She holds Natural England Class 1 licences for bats and great crested newts and is working towards obtaining her Class 2 bat licence and hazel dormouse licence. Kiran has joined us having previously worked at large, multi-disciplinary firms and is looking forward to getting stuck in with a variety of the projects we are currently working on.  

We’re absolutely thrilled to work with Kiran and so pleased that she has decided to join us here at Inspired Ecology. Read more about Kiran here!

Iain joins the team!

You may remember a recent article in which we advertised new roles at Inspired Ecology. We are delighted that these posts have been filled and that Iain, our first new team member, has joined us today!

Iain has joined the team on a temporary basis as a Trainee Ecologist. Having previously completed an FdSc in Countryside Management, Iain is nearing the end of his studies to top this up to a BSc in Wildlife and Conservation Management. Iain can’t wait to get stuck in and is looking forward to building on knowledge that he has gained during his studies.

Read more about Iain here and keep an eye out for more news about the team in the near future!

2020 Round-up

This year has been a little strange for everybody around the world, but at Inspired Ecology we have been very fortunate to have had a busy year thanks to our clients’ continued support. Here’s a brief summary of what we’ve been up to in 2020.

Inspired Ecology grew this year, when Helen joined the team as Principal Ecologist in April, bringing with her over 10 years of experience. The whole team has continued their professional development, attending training courses in Biodiversity Net Gain, Bats in Churches, and survey techniques. As a result of Ian’s expertise in ecology, he became a full member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) in August. Over the summer, Rachel was promoted to Ecologist and gained her great crested newt survey licence.

Together, Ian, Helen and Rachel have conducted over 150 surveys this year, including over 35 bat surveys! A particular highlight for all the team has been surveying a maternity roost of soprano pipistrelles in Grimsthorpe, as well as returning to Tattershall Church to count the bats in the soprano pipistrelle and Daubenton’s maternity roosts there.

In these uncertain times, we’d like to say thank you to all of our clients for continuing to choose us. Another huge thank you goes out to everyone who has assisted us on surveys this year, and we’re very grateful to Andrew for continuing to provide quality checks and advice on all of our reports.

The Inspired Ecology team wishes you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! We hope to see you again in 2021!

Getting net gain ready

As part of preparations for the introduction of the new Environment Bill, our team have been undertaking training courses on Biodiversity Net Gain.

Once the Environment Bill is passed, there will be a requirement for all developments to incorporate a minimum of 10% net gain in biodiversity (some LPA’s have different requirements), as determined by the Natural England Biodiversity Net Gain Metric. Current net gain calculations can be undertaken on the beta version of the metric, with the final version set to be released in the coming months. Click here to read more about Biodiversity Net Gain on CIEEM’s website.

Earlier this year, Helen completed CIEEM’s “Calculating and Using Biodiversity Units with Metric 2.0” training course  and has since run an in-house training session for the team about how to use the Metric. Ian and Rachel are hoping to complete this course once the final version of the Metric has been released as well as the metric for smaller developments. All of our team have completed the “Biodiversity Net Gain Through Development” CIEEM training course and are looking forward to putting their new skills into practice.

Local Planning Authorities across the UK are beginning to request net gain calculations along with ecology reports. Inspired Ecology have therefore undertaken several Biodiversity Net Gain calculations already, providing solutions for both large and small projects within a number of Local Planning Authorities.

In order to achieve the best outcomes for your development and for nature, it is best to consult ecologists within the early stages of development. The inclusion of net gain measures early in the design process (or even as early as the feasibility stage of a project) will help to reduce costs further down the line.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help to ensure Biodiversity Net Gain in your project.

Seal monitoring for the Boston Barrier

Throughout the summer, Inspired Ecology have been undertaking seal monitoring as part of the works to install the new Boston Barrier flood defences.

During our daily visits to site, one particular seal has been noted to be a regular visitor. Nicknamed Loki for his mischievous behaviour, the seal has been seen to use the tide to help him catch breakfast during our site visits.

In addition to the seal, we’ve seen a number of birds on site, including common sandpiper and kingfisher. The peregrines that breed on Boston Stump have also been seen during the surveys; Ian was lucky enough to see a parent passing food to their youngster on one occasion.

Piling works are taking a break for a little while now so our staff are also taking a break from site, however we look forward to getting back in action in a couple of months and hopefully seeing some more great wildlife.

It’s a well-deserved climb for Rachel!

We are honoured to be promoting one of our long-standing team members Rachel McNally to a full-time Ecologist as of June. Rachel is a truly valuable and hardworking member of the team and offers a wealth of ecology knowledge and experience. She is an absolute joy to have in the team and we are so pleased with the news… Congratulations Rachel!

The bat survey season is underway!

The nights are getting warmer and sunsets are getting later, which can only mean one thing – the bat survey season is underway! The team at Inspired Ecology have been out and about in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire to conduct our first evening emergence surveys of the season, and it’s great to be back at it!

Experienced staff at Inspired Ecology Ltd. can conduct evening emergence and dawn re-entry surveys. We can also undertake extended remote Anabat detector surveys. Contact us today to discuss your project and its bat survey requirements.

Welcoming Helen to the team

Inspired Ecology are thrilled to be welcoming a new Principal Ecologist, Helen Archer, to the team! Helen has ten years’ experience working as an ecologist within large, multi-disciplinary environmental consultancies. She has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Conservation and Countryside Management and holds a Natural England Bat Survey Licence. You can read more about Helen on her profile.

We’re so pleased that Helen has decided to join us here at Inspired Ecology, and are excited to work with her as we enter the summer survey season. If you think that your project may require ecological surveys this summer, then contact us now for more information and a quote!

COVID-19 working practices update

We would like to reassure you that we are taking measures to protect our clients, staff and their families from COVID-19. In addition to government guidelines, we have updated our working practices to follow the advice from the leading industry body for our profession, the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). On 10th February 2021, CIEEM published Version 4 of their Guidance on Ecological Survey and Assessment in the UK During the COVID-19 Outbreak (available here).

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Inspired Ecology has still been able to undertake all of the surveys for which we have been commissioned. This has been made possible by implementing relevant safety precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, thus protecting our staff and others. Ecologists maintain appropriate social distancing during site visits and staff now travel to survey sites in separate vehicles, in order to avoid unnecessary close contact. In some instances, it is also necessary for staff to wear face masks and gloves during site visits. We are still reviewing survey appointments on a case-by-case basis, however it is possible for surveys to go ahead provided that our staff are able to remain safe by following these precautionary measures.

We are mindful that this is an ever-changing situation and are keeping a close watch on both government and CIEEM advice, and will keep this page updated with our response. We ask that you get in touch as soon as possible to discuss your survey requirements so that we can prepare to undertake survey work with appropriate safety measures in place.

We hope that all of our clients remain safe and well during this difficult time

This article was last updated on 3rd March 2021.