Category Archives: Wildlife

Racoon Dog & the EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species


It should be recalled that Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are animals and plants that are introduced accidentally or deliberately into a natural environment where they are not normally found, with serious negative consequences for their new environment. They represent a major … Continue reading

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Invasive Species Week (23-29 March 2018)


Starting in 2015, the Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched the first Invasive Species Week. It brought together a range of organisations to raise awareness of invasive non-native species and inspire … Continue reading

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FREE RESOURCE: Handbook for Phase 1 Habitat Survey – A technique for Environmental Audit


Any Environmental Manager, Consultant or Ecologist interested in working on a Phase 1 habitat classification and associated field survey techniques are likely to be interested in the “Handbook for Phase 1 Habitat Survey – A technique for Environmental Audit” published … Continue reading

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CONSULTATION: EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation Enforcement


The EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation (The IAS Regulation) applies restrictions on invasive non-native species of most concern in Europe, including a ban on keeping and selling. This consultation sets out proposals for enforcing those restrictions through the use of … Continue reading

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Disposing of trees and plants infected with disease


The Environment Agency for England has issued a new regulatory position statement (RPS 71), which applies to business who need to dispose of trees and plants that are infected with the following diseases without an environmental permit for a waste operation: … Continue reading

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LEGISLATION UPDATE: New UK Habitats Regulations 2017


The new Regulations (The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (S.I. 2017/1012) consolidate the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/490) with subsequent amending instruments, and make minor modifications reflecting changes to related legislation. They are designed … Continue reading

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NEWT.N – A web app for HSI assessment of ponds


The Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) for Great Crested Newts is based on the HSI methodology developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a means of evaluating habitat quality and quantity using a numerical index, between 0 and 1. … Continue reading

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