Housing Minister Says Prioritise Brownfield Sites: Is This Really Eco-Friendly?

In her letter to Broxtowe Borough Council, Housing Minister Esther McVey asked them to build on brownfield sites rather than the green belt. The letter was put in the public domain to signal to all

Ecology Enhancements

Achieving biodiversity net gain need not be expensive. This small area of wildflower meadow mix attracted a diverse range of butterflies and other invertebrates and is a great example of what can be achieved on

Urban Bats

Bats are a material consideration in deciding planning applications. Even small urban sites can support a range of bats. We found this serotine foraging intensively on a small site in central Bristol.

Biodiversity Net Gain

Biodiversity net gain will soon be a mandatory element for the planning and development industry. Whilst the national planning policy frameworks already encourage no net loss of biodiversity, the biodiversity net gain approach takes this

Great Crested Newt Surveys

Great crested newts come out of hibernation in the early spring. Already we have seen great crested newts heading off to their breeding ponds. We undertake surveys of ponds for great crested newts between mid-March

A Brief Guide to Bats and Loft Conversions

We are often asked what bat surveys are needed for loft conversions and extensions to houses, so here is a simple guide. Bats can roost in houses, typically in the loft spaces, cavity walls, or

Great Crested Newt Surveys

Spring is just around the corner and Ashgrove Ecology is gearing up for another busy field survey season. Great crested newt surveys start next month and normally require four to six surveys to determine whether

Can Our Gardens Save Hedgehogs?

In rural areas, hedgehogs are associated with woodland edges, hedgerows and rough pasture, but they are equally happy in towns where they make use of gardens and other green spaces. Recent research, which mapped hedgehogs

Should We Build on the Green Belt?

The green belt is a planning policy to reduce urban sprawl, encourage the regeneration of brown field sites and help to safeguard the countryside. The green belt is recognised as having a number of important

Ecology Mitigation Can No Longer Screen Out An Appropriate Assessment

Competent authorities (usually Local Planning Authorities) are required to undertake a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) where proposed plans or projects may have a likely significant effect on a European site (Natura 2000 site). European sites