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PENNINE ecological

PENNINE ecological

Ecological consultants established in 1996 and based in Lancashire. We cover all requirements from

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18 hours ago
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Perfect Summer's evening for a dusk emergence bat survey at this old farmhouse north of Bolton in the West Pennine Moors. Lots of bat activity and a barn owl bonus watching a pair hunting along the field margins. Near full moon rising above Bolton on our return home. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
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Another newt fencing project completed behind the Concorde hanger at the Aviation Viewing Park, Manchester Airport. This time using 45 degree one-way fencing and sand weighted gate flaps.Image attachment

Another newt fencing project completed behind the Concorde hanger at the Aviation Viewing Park, Manchester Airport. This time using 45 degree one-way fencing and sand weighted gate flaps. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
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Our licensed Barn Owl ecologist Stuart Macpherson has been monitoring nest boxes in Cheshire today. Great photo of one of the successful nest sites, complete with prey item.

Our licensed Barn Owl ecologist Stuart Macpherson has been monitoring nest boxes in Cheshire today. Great photo of one of the successful nest sites, complete with prey item. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
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This evening/night Bob and Patrick have been doing great crested newt surveys at Mellor Brook close to the BAE site at Salmesbury which we have surveyed on a regular basis for many years. Tonight we have seen several hares, a mammoth main badger sett, and swathes of vibrant luminescent marsh marigolds, as yet no GCN, although we know they are in the area. The ponds are tricky to survey in parts with floating mats of vegetation preventing safe survey access. Still, its a pleasure to be out surveying on calm nights like this. The energy of Spring is rising in the air, tomorrow, another day, well see what nature offers, in her own time.Image attachmentImage attachment

This evening/night Bob and Patrick have been doing great crested newt surveys at Mellor Brook close to the BAE site at Salmesbury which we have surveyed on a regular basis for many years. Tonight we have seen several hares, a mammoth main badger sett, and swathes of vibrant luminescent marsh marigolds, as yet no GCN, although we know they are in the area. The ponds are tricky to survey in parts with floating mats of vegetation preventing safe survey access. Still, its a pleasure to be out surveying on calm nights like this. The energy of Spring is rising in the air, tomorrow, another day, we'll see what nature offers, in her own time. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago
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After lengthy delays we are pleased to report that our great crested newt licence work adjacent to Runway 1, Manchester International Airport is finally complete. This project presented many design challenges, particularly associated with requirements to minimise aircraft bird strike risk. Working with the airport and their bird management team, we devised an unorthodox linear rectangular design, covering the ponds with high tensile wire nets, thereby making them less attractive to waterfowl and minimising bird strike risk. In addition we have optimised the breeding potential of existing ponds by removing excessive tree and scrub colonisation which had created dark, cold and lifeless sub-optimal conditions for the species. Several drainage chambers and hazardous ground level structures have been either fenced off from potential newt access or covered with a bespoke metal mesh to prevent entrapment. Whilst the new ponds may not be the most aesthetically attractive in terms of design and naturalness, they have been planted with 200 native aquatic plants for egg laying. We are confident that the completed work will ensure the long term viability of this flagship species at Manchester Airport. As always, we will be monitoring the success of this work under a Natural England licence, as we do across all of the airports land holdings. ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago
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Many thanks to Pure Luxury Design on their work with our new business cards. We are all delighted with them, concept, design, quality production, delivered to doorstep in under 4 days. Many thanks.

Many thanks to Pure Luxury Design on their work with our new business cards. We are all delighted with them, concept, design, quality production, delivered to doorstep in under 4 days. Many thanks.A few new business cards for Pennine Ecological using their new facelift logo. Small changes to a logo like this are a great way of staying up to date without losing your branding. In this case, we used slightly bolder colours, rounded the edge of the ident, and used a sharper more modern font. The cards were produced with a matt lamination for a luxury feel and rounded corners to match the logo and make them stand out from the crowd. ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago
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Great to get out of the office today and survey two interesting sites. Patrick visited Barley at the foot of Pendle Hill which was clothed in a spectacular fog bank inversion. Meanwhile Bob was surveying a new Bridleway route alongside Pendle Water. ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago
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We give a warm welcome to Stuart Macpherson who has joined the team and established a new office base in Glossop, Derbyshire. Stuart has over 12 years experience in habitat management and ecological consultancy. Working with NGOs in the south west of England and the Peak District National Park, Stuart has gained extensive experience in the management of a wide variety of habitats including; maritime, heathland, grassland and woodland. 

Stuart holds a Natural England Level 2 Bat Survey Class Licence,  barn owl and great crested newt licence. Stuart is also a qualified tree climber and Associate Member of CIEEM.                            
                                                                                                     
Meet the full team here; https://pennineecological.co.uk/meettheteam/

We give a warm welcome to Stuart Macpherson who has joined the team and established a new office base in Glossop, Derbyshire. Stuart has over 12 years experience in habitat management and ecological consultancy. Working with NGOs in the south west of England and the Peak District National Park, Stuart has gained extensive experience in the management of a wide variety of habitats including; maritime, heathland, grassland and woodland.

Stuart holds a Natural England Level 2 Bat Survey Class Licence, barn owl and great crested newt licence. Stuart is also a qualified tree climber and Associate Member of CIEEM.

Meet the full team here; pennineecological.co.uk/meettheteam/
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9 months ago
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Yes its true, house alarm boxes can support roosting bats.

Yes its true, house alarm boxes can support roosting bats. ... See MoreSee Less

10 months ago
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Eager for Beavers !                                                                  
                                                                                                  
Recently we have been undertaking baseline aquatic invertebrate surveys of streams on The Woodland Trusts Smithills Estate, Bolton. This is part of project to potentially re-introduce beavers. Large areas of coniferous woodland have been felled at Walker Fold Woods (pic below), lots of logs here for dam construction. 

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2021/09/autumn-broadleaf/

Eager for Beavers !

Recently we have been undertaking baseline aquatic invertebrate surveys of streams on The Woodland Trusts Smithills Estate, Bolton. This is part of project to potentially re-introduce beavers. Large areas of coniferous woodland have been felled at Walker Fold Woods (pic below), lots of logs here for dam construction.

www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2021/09/autumn-broadleaf/
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10 months ago
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The ecology of dystopian reality. ... See MoreSee Less

11 months ago
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Ian & Patrick have been out looking at the phased restoration on an active tip site in Greater Manchester. 2ha (approx.) of new reed bed, a new pond and wet scrapes created so far.

Ian & Patrick have been out looking at the phased restoration on an active tip site in Greater Manchester. 2ha (approx.) of new reed bed, a new pond and wet scrapes created so far. ... See MoreSee Less

11 months ago
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Day 3: The final day of our nostalgic whistle stop of tour of Hampshire’s chalk rivers. We have saved perhaps the best till last. Regarded by many as England’s finest example of a chalk river we have moved south-west to the iconic River Test. Rising to the west of Basingstoke, it meanders its way southwards for 40 miles to Southampton Water. We have walked sections of the Test Way taking in SSSI flood meadows at the remarkable Chilbolton Cow Common SSSI. The National Trust site at Stockbridge Marsh SSSI where the beauty of the Test can be seen close up, submerged beds of vegetation tower like thunder clouds, whilst ribbons of unbranched bur reed and pondweeds sway majestically with the deep currents. We have managed to stray from the lure of the river to admire Saxon churches and thatched cottages at villages such as Wherwell. We were drawn like magnets to the wonderfully situated Mayfly pub on the banks of Test where we ate freshly caught brown trout and watercress harvested from the river beds. It has been a wonderful trip, the memories of which I’m sure will last as long as our first visit all those 25 years ago. Tomorrow, remember yesterday. ... See MoreSee Less

11 months ago
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Day 2: Today we have moved downstream onto the River Loddon below its confluence with the River Lyde to Sherfield-on-Loddon and beyond to the Duke of Wellington’s estate at Stratfield Saye House. The river has become deep and wide, clouds of banded demoiselle rise from the bulrushes, flitting and dancing in late summer dappled light. Later we visit the entrance gates to Bramshill Hall, the location of the River Hart and Hampshire’s most haunted house. Access is prohibited as it was when we were last here. Vivid memories of ancient woodland, adders and the green man are recalled, along with major de-tours around the hall and across the vast Hazeley Heath SSSI. ... See MoreSee Less

11 months ago
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As part of our 25th Anniversary we are re-visiting a very special part of the country, the crystal chalk streams and rivers of Hampshire. This was where we first ‘cut our teeth’ over several summers in the mid-late 90’s undertaking River Corridor Survey for the Environment Agency (Thames Region). As was customary back then after very long hot days surveying in the sub-tropical south we would visit a rural hostelry to recite the days tales of the riverbank, I’m glad to say nothing’s changed, some of these ancient inns have also survived the last 25 years.
Today we have visited the dynamic, sinuous River Whitewater, where we avoided the crocodiles, together with, the idyllic River Lyde and upper reaches of the River Loddon where we stumbled upon the largest grey poplar ever seen, complete with a bat cave like interior. All in all a wonderful first day of memory jogging, liberating in fact, with no clipboard, cracked Bic pencil lead, deer fence, or army barracks complete with buried mustard gas canisters to negotiate, as it was back in the day.
Just as I remember, another great meal was had at The Leather Bottle, Mattingley, all washed down (of course) with a few delicious pints of Loddon Brewery’s ‘Hoppit Bitter’. Tomorrow, rinse, repeat, the river stops for no one, it flows through you.
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11 months ago
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Wednesday morning spent surveying on the Lancashire Enterprise Zone, where we came across this male Broad-bodied chaser.

Wednesday morning spent surveying on the Lancashire Enterprise Zone, where we came across this male Broad-bodied chaser. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago
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Our new website will be launched very soon. In the 25 years since the company was formed, we have grown organically to now offer a multi-disciplinary consultancy providing a complete service package for ecology, protected species licensing, arboriculture and habitat creation / management. This approach offers a clear integration and co-ordination of closely allied disciplines at a convenient single point of contact. We look forward to providing a cost effective and pragmatic service to all our existing and new clients.

Our new website will be launched very soon. In the 25 years since the company was formed, we have grown organically to now offer a multi-disciplinary consultancy providing a complete service package for ecology, protected species licensing, arboriculture and habitat creation / management. This approach offers a clear integration and co-ordination of closely allied disciplines at a convenient single point of contact. We look forward to providing a cost effective and pragmatic service to all our existing and new clients. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago
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To celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we will soon be launching our new website. This will include details about our new services which provide a convenient single point of contact for all our clients ecological needs.

To celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we will soon be launching our new website. This will include details about our new services which provide a convenient single point of contact for all our clients ecological needs. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago
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Looks like well be just fine then 😁

Looks like we'll be just fine then 😁 ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago
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We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Great Crested Newt Surveys at Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR for the Dynamic Dunescapes (DuneLIFE) project. Working with Natural England and our colleagues at The Tyrer Partnership, this important survey of 35 dune slacks aims to inform Natural England on the current status of the population to guide planned reserve enhancement and management work for GCN and Natterjack Toad. The first survey is complete with healthy numbers recorded by a team of six highly experienced licensed surveyors. These night time torch surveys last well into the early hours of the morning, in a challenging physical environment that tests surveyors navigational skills, negotiating flooded slacks after an exceptionally wet Autumn and Winter. One down, five more to go. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago
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To all our existing clients and new, we now offer comprehensive Arboricultural Surveys, Tree Impact Assessments, Tree Protection Plans and Arboricultural Method Statements undertaken to British Standard BS5837. In addition to Invasive Species survey, we also now offer a control and management service for species such as Japanese Knotweed. These new services integrate well within our comprehensive core business of ecological surveys and expertise, habitat management and creation, to offer a complete project package from planning to implementation.

To all our existing clients and new, we now offer comprehensive Arboricultural Surveys, Tree Impact Assessments, Tree Protection Plans and Arboricultural Method Statements undertaken to British Standard BS5837. In addition to Invasive Species survey, we also now offer a control and management service for species such as Japanese Knotweed. These new services integrate well within our comprehensive core business of ecological surveys and expertise, habitat management and creation, to offer a complete project package from planning to implementation. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago
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Fantastic day at Newborough Warren NNR, Anglesey. Some great wildlife and plants in a 360 degree stunning landscape. Carpets of wild thyme, field scabious, round-leaved wintergreen, dune pansies, grass of parnassus, dune helleborine and maiden pink. Red squirrels, oystercatchers and a striking Jersey tiger moth. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago
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2 years ago
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Nice turn up this morning, grass snake on one of our sites in Nottinghamshire. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago
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Nice close up view of a large bee hive in a mature ash tree, observed using torch and endoscope inspections for bats on one of our sites in Carlisle 🐝 ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago
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Focus on the source to control the downstream symptoms.Image attachment

Focus on the source to control the downstream symptoms. ... See MoreSee Less

3 years ago
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Pleasant change today. Two sites in Cumbria, one near Carlisle, one near Maryport with very friendly bullocks. Obligatory stop at Castlerigg Stone Circle on the way home. ... See MoreSee Less

3 years ago
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Breeding bird survey, Winter Hill for The Woodland Trust as part of the grip blocking project. Cotton-grass and bilberry re-generating well after last years devastating fires. Unfortunately same can't be said regarding heather. ... See MoreSee Less

3 years ago
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Hey up, cresties now found in another new pond on the Broughton bypass. 🦎 ... See MoreSee Less

3 years ago
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Year 3 Broughton bypass monitoring, ponds developing well and newts seem to approve.Image attachment

Year 3 Broughton bypass monitoring, ponds developing well and newts seem to approve. ... See MoreSee Less

4 years ago
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Plenty of otter activity on Blundell Brook, under the new Broughton bypass road bridge. As expected they seem to prefer the muddy ledge rather than the steel otter pass 😂Image attachment

Plenty of otter activity on Blundell Brook, under the new Broughton bypass road bridge. As expected they seem to prefer the muddy ledge rather than the steel otter pass 😂 ... See MoreSee Less

4 years ago
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Good to see the extensive tree planting, hedge laying and Hebridean sheep conservation grazing at The Woodland Trusts Smithills Estate, a project which we have been closely involved with.Image attachmentImage attachment

Good to see the extensive tree planting, hedge laying and Hebridean sheep conservation grazing at The Woodland Trust's Smithills Estate, a project which we have been closely involved with. ... See MoreSee Less

4 years ago
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Velvet scoter spotted at High Rid reservoir Bolton today.

Velvet scoter spotted at High Rid reservoir Bolton today. ... See MoreSee Less

4 years ago
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The damage to the ecosystem is horrendous, fire is now encroaching the Winter Hill Levels prime heathland area towards Blue Lagoon and Belmont. It will re-generate but will take at least five years and careful land management to get the heathland back into a reasonable condition. Peat erosion is the fear I have, now that its bare....the water quality of the Rivington reservoirs which serve Merseyside will no doubt also be affected.

The damage to the ecosystem is horrendous, fire is now encroaching the Winter Hill Levels prime heathland area towards Blue Lagoon and Belmont. It will re-generate but will take at least five years and careful land management to get the heathland back into a reasonable condition. Peat erosion is the fear I have, now that its bare....the water quality of the Rivington reservoirs which serve Merseyside will no doubt also be affected. ... See MoreSee Less

4 years ago
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Thankfully, Lord Leverhulme's Terraced Gardens appear to be safe. But the scale of the damage to the moorland is horrendous. ... See MoreSee Less

4 years ago
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Helicopters loading up at High Rid reservoir initially to fight the new blaze on Smithills Moor, now diverted back onto Winter Hill which has reignited.Image attachmentImage attachment

Helicopters loading up at High Rid reservoir initially to fight the new blaze on Smithills Moor, now diverted back onto Winter Hill which has reignited. ... See MoreSee Less

4 years ago
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Now it's The Woodland Trust's Smithills Estate up in smoke to the east of Winter Hill. The easterly wind direction is potentially going to send this fire all across Horrock's / Smithills Moor. 1000's of trees have recently been planted in areas we worked closely with the Trust to select. Absolutely heartbreaking to see this. Significant impacts on the upland breeding birds and moorland habitats. Very sad day. ... See MoreSee Less