| 31 January 2018
The team at Greenspace Ecological Solutions would like to wish you an amazing start to 2018 and welcome you to our new ‘News’ Blog page. Highlighted in a weekly team meeting, the concept of the page is to provide a one stop shop to share some of our exciting projects, our views on the changes in ecological consultancy/planning and of course, some of the fun stuff we get up to throughout the year. Although in no way exclusive, here are some of the highlights of 2017:
Proving a busy year for licencing, in its short history, the company’s involvement in a range of licensable activities has given the team opportunity to demonstrate a 100% success rate for 43 EPSM licence applications covering bats, dormice and GCN.
Considered another leap forward for the industry, alongside a handful of other industry professionals the company founder (Guy) became involved in representing SMEs in the L7 Apprenticeships Scheme Trailblazer Group for the Occupation of Ecologist and Environmental Managers, and a member of the sounding board for Natural England’s ‘District Licencing’ pilot for great crested newts. The former helping to design an Apprenticeships Scheme for up and coming ecologist, due to go live mid/late 2018, this is an interesting and rewarding way to assist the shaping of training within the ecological industry and having seen the industry make significant professional inroads since his time as a consultant, this is something GES is very proud to be a part of. Believing the need for ‘a change’ in the current GCN conservation protocol, the companies involvement in the Natural England pilot is hoped to progress the project in a constructive and application friendly manner.
As ever, training and development were key in 2017 and the GES team members travelled both across the UK and closer to home to partake in various courses run by companies, charities and professional organisations such as CIEEM, KWT, the Mammal Society, Herpetologic & FREETHS and some great in-house training too, training remains key to the company ethos, and long may it last.
Demonstrating only a bite size chunk of the exciting work conducted, as if the above wasn’t enough, other great achievements of team in 2017 included; James gaining his Class 2 Bat Licence and being promoted to a Senior Ecologist, Linnet gaining her Class 1 Dormouse and Class 2 GCN Licence, and our previous intern from Reading University ‘Ollie’ (who being a bit of a fancy pants, already held his Class 1 dormouse licence) securing a permanent position in the team.
Having summarised; what can we say other than ‘WOW’ to the year, ‘THANKS’ to our clients, and ‘WELL DONE’ to the GES team.
With some exciting jobs already in the pipeline and a couple of interesting CPD courses already booked, the excitement for 2018 is building within the office. Searching to further grow our team and already organising an array of ‘FUN STUFF’ for the year, now this Blog/News page is live hopefully we will find the time to keep you guys updated as we progress.
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