Closure of Inspired Ecology Ltd

After several years at the helm of Inspired Ecology, I have had to make the very difficult decision to take a step back from running the business to spend more time with family and to embrace a slower pace of life. As such, Inspired Ecology will cease trading at the end of May 2022.

I am indebted to the hard work and dedication that Rachel and Kiran have put into the company and I am pleased to say that they have secured positions with the Environment Agency and East Midlands Environmental Consultants (trading as EMEC Ecology), respectively.

Between now and the closure of the business, we will not be taking on further work but, instead, would like to focus on completing our existing projects to the high standards that you have come to expect from our team.

I realise that this is an inconvenience so would like to endorse Archer Ecology, who provide an excellent service and would be happy to discuss any forthcoming projects you may have. They can be contacted on info@archerecology.co.uk or 07583 802069.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing our services over the last few years. It has been a privilege to work with you and I wish you continued success in your endeavours and all the best for the future.

Ian

Happy New Year!

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!

We’ll miss you Helen!

After joining us in 2020, Helen has decided to take the next step in her career and is now working for her own ecology company full-time!

Helen has been a brilliant team member here at Inspired Ecology and is an excellent ecologist, so we are very grateful to have worked with her for the last 16 months. As well as helping to train the team in undertaking Biodiversity Net Gain assessments, Helen has been able to help to expand the range of reporting services that we offer and has been a great friend to all of us here at Inspired Ecology.

Helen has become an incredibly valued member of the team and we are very sorry to see her go, but are sure that she will continue to excel in her work going forward and wish her the very best of luck!

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!