The new Northern operation will be the source of expert ecology services for the growing construction and development sector in the region.
30th November 2016: The Ecology Consultancy an industry leading ecological consultancy, has expanded its regional operations into The North of England with the establishment of a new office in Wakefield. This comes a short time after the launch of The Ecology Consultancy’s Midlands office in August and Temple’s (The Ecology Consultancy’s sister company) Manchester office, launched in October, all forming part of the organisation’s 2020 growth strategy, announced earlier this year.
The Ecology Consultancy will now be able to offer high-quality ecology consultancy services and bespoke wildlife conservation solutions to clients in The North, building upon The Ecology Consultancy’s reputation for providing technical expertise, pragmatic advice and a wide range of ecological services to the development, planning and construction sectors across much of the UK.
The Ecology Consultancy’s Technical Director Giles Coe said: “The new office represents the next stage in The Ecology Consultancy’s plans to provide comprehensive coverage for projects wherever they may be situated in the UK. In order to provide a competitive and bespoke service to our clients it is essential not only that we are well placed geographically to access sites, but that we employ local staff with an in-depth knowledge of wildlife issues in their region.”
Primarily based out of their Wakefield Office, The Ecology Consultancy’s Northern team will also be operating from the newly opened Manchester office of their sister organisation, Temple – enabling them to provide ecological consultancy services to clients both sides of the Pennines. Together with Temple: a property and infrastructure consultancy specialising in environment, planning and sustainability, clients will now be able to take full advantage of an enhanced service offering across the North.
Leading the establishment of this new Northern office will be Associate Director Dr Sarah Cox, a chartered ecologist and environmentalist, who has joined The Ecology Consultancy from Keystone Environmental where she was Head of Ecology. Sarah has over 18 years of commercial consultancy experience from previous roles at Keystone, Penny Anderson Associates and The British Trust for Ornithology and has worked on a variety of large-scale construction and nationally significant infrastructure projects as well as developing a proven expertise in urban ecology and green infrastructure planning. Sarah brings with her excellent local knowledge and experience of navigating the region’s biodiversity, planning laws, and policy that has been gained from 20 years working in the region.
The Northern team will provide all the necessary ecology services that are required for successful project completion, with specialist experience in ecological assessment, including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, Ecological Impact Assessments, Stage 1 and 2 Habitats Regulations Assessment, Biodiversity Offsetting, BREEAM/CSH ecology assessments and proven ability in the role of expert witness. The team is experienced in managing large and small scale survey programmes for a variety of protected species including amphibians, bats, birds, badgers, dormouse, otter, reptiles and water vole; and the subsequent design, licensing and implementation of wildlife mitigation measures in order facilitate construction.
The Ecology Consultancy will also bring specific support to design and architecture teams in the region with the provision of expert advice on green infrastructure planning, including the design and specification of green roofs, green walls, rain gardens, and sustainable urban drainage systems, all of which help to deliver quality of life and ecosystem benefits to development projects.
Want to Connect With Nature? Start by Disconnecting From Busyness
Have you ever found yourself staring at one of your (many) devices and feeling slightly disgusted with how much time you waste on technology? If so, you aren’t alone. We all have moments like these and it’s important that we use them as motivation to change – especially if we want to be more connected with nature.
How Busyness Impacts Your Connection With Nature
Whether you realize it or not, you live an ultra connected life. Between smart phones, tablets, computers, and wearable devices, you’re never very far from some sort of technology that can connect you to the internet or put you in touch with other people. That’s just the world we live in.
While it could be argued that this sort of omnipresent connectivity is a positive thing, it’s also pretty clear that being permanently tethered to technology impacts our ability to strip away distractions and connect with nature.
When you’re always within arm’s reach of a device, you feel a sense of busyness. Whether it’s browsing your social media feed, uploading a picture, reading the news, or responding to an email, there’s always something to do. As someone who wants to spend more time in nature, this is problematic.
4 Practical Ways to Disconnect
If you want to truly connect with nature and live a greener lifestyle, you have to be proactive about finding ways to disconnect. Here are a few practical suggestions:
1. Switch to a New Phone Plan
It’s not always practical to totally unplug from the world. Family and work responsibilities mean you can’t go off the grid and continue to fulfill your responsibilities. Having said that, there are some ways to scale back.
One suggestion is to switch to a prepaid phone plan. When you have a prepaid phone plan, you’re far less likely to spend hours and hours of your time making phone calls, sending texts, and surfing the web. It forces you to be more conscious of what you’re doing.
2. Get Rid of Social Media
Social media is one of the biggest time wasters for most people. Whether you realize it or not, it’s also a huge stressor. You’re constantly being exposed to the best snapshots of everyone else’s lives, which makes you feel like you’re missing out on something (even when you aren’t).
If you want to feel a sense of relief and free yourself up to spend more time in nature, get rid of social media. Don’t just delete the apps off your phone – actually disable your accounts. It’s a bold, yet necessary step.
3. Create Quiet Hours
If you aren’t able to get rid of social media and disable various online accounts, the next best thing you can do is establish quiet hours each day where you totally detach from technology. You should do this for a minimum of three hours per day for best results.
4. Build Community
Do you know why we’re drawn to social media and our devices? Whether consciously or subconsciously, it’s because we all want to be connected to other people. But do you know what’s better than connecting with people online? Connecting with them in person.
As you build real life, person-to-person relationships, you’ll feel less of a need to constantly have your eyes glued to a screen. Connect with other people who have an appreciation for nature and bond over your mutual interests.
Untether Your Life
If you find yourself constantly connected to a device, then this is probably a clear indicator that you aren’t living your best life. You certainly aren’t enjoying any sort of meaningful connection with nature. Now’s as good a time as any to untether your life and explore what a world free from cords, screens, and batteries is really like.
6 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Move
Moving can be a stressful and challenging time. No matter how many times you’ve done it in the past, the process of packing up, transporting, and unpacking isn’t very fun. It’s also not very eco-friendly. As you prepare for your next move, there are things you can do to ensure you leave less of a footprint behind.
6 Tips for a Greener Move
Because of the stress and pressure felt when moving, it’s pretty common for people to rush through the process and focus on getting it done. In fact, a lot of people take an “at all costs” approach; they’ll do whatever it takes to make the process as cheap and fast as possible. Don’t be one of those people. It doesn’t take much effort to turn a standard move into an eco-friendly move.
1. Maximize Each Trip
When moving across town, it’s imperative that you make as few trips as possible. Each trip requires more gas, more emissions, and more waste, and more time.
If you’re taking your personal vehicle, consider pulling a trailer behind it. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can fit into a small trailer. Not only will it make your move greener, but it’ll also save you a lot of time.
2. Donate Things You Don’t Want to Keep
The longer you live somewhere, the more junk you accumulate. This isn’t always obvious until you start packing for a big move. Instead of bringing all of these things with you to your next home, get rid of the stuff you don’t need! If the items are useful, donate them. If the items don’t have much value, toss them.
3. Reuse Moving Boxes
Not only are moving boxes expensive, but they’re also wasteful. If you need a bunch of cardboard boxes, consider looking around on Craigslist, asking friends, or checking the dumpsters behind stores. You can usually find a bunch of recycled boxes of all different shapes and sizes. Here are 12 places you can get them for free.
4. Get Creative With Packing
Who says you need moving boxes? You may find that it’s possible to do most of your move without all that cardboard. Things like storage containers, trashcans, filing cabinets, buckets, and dressers can all store items. Blankets and sheets can be used in lieu of bubble wrap to prevent your items from getting damaged.
5. Use Green Cleaning Supplies
Once you arrive at your new place, resist the urge to pull out a bunch of harsh chemicals to clean the place. You can do yourself (and the planet) a favor by using green cleaning supplies instead. Ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and ammonia are great to start with.
6. Forward Your Mail ASAP
Don’t delay in forwarding your mail from your previous address to your new one. Not only is it wasteful for the Postal Service to route your mail to a place where you don’t live, but the next owner is probably just going to toss your letters in the trash.
Moving Doesn’t Have to be Wasteful
Most people only move once every few years. Some people will go a decade or more without a move. As a result, the process of moving often feels strange and new. The less experience you have with it, the less likely it is that you’ll be as efficient as you should. But instead of just diving into the process blind, take some time to learn about what an eco-friendly move looks like. That way, you can leave behind the smallest footprint possible.
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