In the UK there are 6 different species of reptile; three snakes and three lizards. These animals play an important role in proper ecosystem functioning through controlling insect and rodent population numbers. Reptiles are also a source of food for many animals including hedgehogs, badgers and birds, but unfortunately all populations in the UK are … Continue reading Reptile Surveys – A Brief Guide
A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, or PEA, is the initial scoping assessment of an area of land, for its potential to support protected species, based on the habitats it supports and signs of protected species. PEA’s are required to inform what further surveys for protected species are required, as part of the planning process. The aim … Continue reading What is a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)?
As an ecologist you are going to need some reference books. But with SO MANY books out there, how do you know where to spend your money and get the most out of it? Number one on our recommendation list is How to Become an Ecological Consultant by Sue Searle. It’s full of tips and … Continue reading Ecology Book Reviews
I can’t believe it’s over already! This week has flown by. We have a super group of students. They all have skills to bring to the week and it’s been great getting to know everyone. They are an inquisitive lot, always asking questions, which is fantastic. That is what Core Week (and the whole course) … Continue reading Certificate Core Week 2019
Getting a great crested newt survey or research class licence level 1 (CL08) is an important qualification for an ecologist as it enables you to work closely with one of the UK’s rarest amphibians without any legal implications. Here’s some advice from Martin Roche, a previous Certificate student. Although great crested newts (GCNs) are widespread … Continue reading How do you get a Great Crested Newt Licence?
Hannah is the Assistant Ecologist in the Bristol Branch of Acorn Ecology. Hannah started out volunteering in the office. With a boost from the Certificate Course she then was taken on as a seasonal ecologist and is now permanent. Hannah is just one of the many success stories from our Certificate Students. Here she writes … Continue reading My Journey to Ecological Consultancy