Matt Levan appointed to the judging panel for Grow Wild Campaign

On Sunday 26th of May a dynamic £10.5m campaign to bring people and communities together to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers was launched on BBC1’s Countryfile. Grow Wild – a new campaign led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and funded by the Big Lottery Fund– aims to inspire people to get . . . → Read More: Matt Levan appointed to the judging panel for Grow Wild Campaign

Mammal Society Conference

Over last weekend I attended the Mammal Society spring conference in Exeter. There were a lot of talks and events but I want to give a flavour of what I found most interesting.

The first talk was on how animals respond to daylight. It is more complex than being active either or night with lots . . . → Read More: Mammal Society Conference

Great Crested Newt Season

Despite the weather we are now well into the time of year when great crested newts are in the ponds and can be surveyed.

If a survey is to be used to support a planning application or plan work to a pond then it will need to follow the Great crested newt mitigation guidelines . . . → Read More: Great Crested Newt Season

A new beginning and a new name?

Following discussions with business advisor Andy Bird I am giving serious thought to relaunching my business as a limited company in the summer. There is a long road to get there and a lot to think about but one of the things I would need is a name for the company. This is where you . . . → Read More: A new beginning and a new name?

More news

We are coming towards the survey season again and I made the first site visit of the year on Wednesday. A relatively simple check of the grounds of a primary schools in west London but good to be back in the field.

I have also been approached about a possible voluntary role connected with Kew . . . → Read More: More news

Back once again – time to go to market

I’ve returned to Caerphilly from an enjoyable trip to Germany and now is the time of year to get stuck in to building next years client base. With this in mind I’m hard at work on developing my new marketing brochures and contacting possible clients among architcets in RIBA. In between times I’ve been working . . . → Read More: Back once again – time to go to market

Conference Report Renewable Energy and Ecology

Wednesday and Thursday I was at the IEEM annual conference in Cardiff. The subject was renewable energy, which was very timely given the number of enquiries I’ve been getting recently about wind turbines and discussions ranged from the smallest wind turbines known as microturbines to proposals for a Severn Barrage.

Key take home points were.

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Happy clients

I have finally got around to asking clients for testimonials where they are happy with my work and the first one is up now, see here.

New work

Two exciting new projects have come in this week. One for a proposal to replace the house on a large country estate with several ponds and one for a single 50m high wind turbine.

Both will start with a preliminary ecological appraisal with the visit next week but also have the potential to lead to . . . → Read More: New work

Reptile Survey

Following on from the site visit I carried out a presence/absence survey for reptiles on the same site combining visual searching and the use of reptile mats. No reptiles found but it was good to get into a more involved protected species survey again.

Reptile mat at Godre’r Craig

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