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Welcoming the Next Generation of Ecologists

As the 2024 ecological season approaches, anticipation fills the air as seasoned professionals and newcomers alike prepare to embark on a busy ecology survey season. Among the newcomers are the fresh faces of our 6-month (pictured) and zero-hour ecology seasonals, eagerly joining our ranks to contribute their passion and dedication helping us through such a busy period.

Their journey began with a pivotal moment – the training evening, a comprehensive session designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in their roles. This evening was not just about imparting information; it was about fostering a deep understanding of ecological principles and instilling a commitment to best practices in environmental conservation.

The training kicked off with a focus on health and safety, emphasising the paramount importance of protecting both oneself and the environment during fieldwork. From identifying potential hazards to implementing effective risk management strategies, our seasonals were equipped with the tools to ensure their safety while conducting surveys and assessments in the field.

Next on the agenda was the Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) training, a critical aspect of ecological consultancy that ensures construction projects are carried out in compliance with environmental regulations. Our seasonals delved into the intricacies of ECoW responsibilities, learning how to liaise with contractors, monitor worksites, and mitigate environmental impacts effectively.

Bat surveys and equipment were up next, where our seasonals immersed themselves in the fascinating world of these nocturnal creatures. From mastering the art of using bat detectors to identifying different species based on their echolocation calls, they gained invaluable insights into conducting thorough and accurate bat surveys.

The training then shifted focus to another elusive species – the Great Crested Newt (GCN). Our seasonals learned about GCN ecology, survey techniques, and legal requirements surrounding their conservation. With hands-on experience in setting up bottle traps and conducting surveys, they honed their skills in identifying and safeguarding this protected species.

Reptile and translocation methods and surveys were also covered extensively during the training. Our seasonals delved into the ecology of reptiles, learning how to conduct surveys effectively and implement translocation strategies when necessary to mitigate habitat disturbances.

Throughout the evening, demonstrations played a crucial role in reinforcing theoretical concepts and allowing our seasonals to practice their newfound skills in a supportive environment. From setting up bottle traps to using bat detectors, each demonstration provided valuable hands-on experience that will serve our seasonals well in the field.

As the training evening drew to a close, there was a palpable sense of excitement and readiness among our 2024 seasonal cohort. Armed with newfound knowledge, practical skills, and a shared commitment to environmental conservation, they are poised to make a meaningful impact during the upcoming ecological season.

In welcoming our 6-month and zero-hour ecology seasonals, we not only expand our team but also enrich our collective dedication to protecting and preserving the natural world. Together, we embark on a journey fuelled by passion, guided by expertise, and united in our mission to create a sustainable future for generations to come.
Posted on: 15 March 2024
Posted in: Company News

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