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Ecology Survey CalendarDownload a copy of our latest Ecology Survey Calendar (pdf, 210 K) to help avoid costly delays to your projects due to missing ecology survey windows.
Five Valleys Ecology Receive an Ethical Award from the Ethical Company OrganisationFive Valleys Ecology are delighted to have received an Ethical Award and accreditation from the Ethical Company Organisation in recognition of our strong commitment to ethical business practices. The research team stated 'Five Valleys Ecology are commended for puting ethical and environmental considerations at the heart of their business and for providing an ethical alternative within their sector'.
Five Valleys Ecology Becomes an Official Stroud Pound TraderFive Valleys Ecology are proud to announce that we are now official Stroud Pound traders. We look forward to supporting our local currency and will be encouraging our suppliers who are not yet part of the scheme to join.
Start of the Great Crested Newt Survey SeasonSurveys for great crested newts (GCNs) can be undertaken from mid-March to mid-June depending on weather conditions. Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) require survey information before planning applications are determined in accordance with Paragraphs 98 and 99 of 'ODPM Circular 06/2005 Biodiversity and Geological Conservation'. We recommend that clients consider the requirement for newt surveys now and plan ahead. Do not miss the narrow GCN survey window. Contact us now to book in surveys and for further advice.
Supreme Court Ruling on the 'Deliberate Disturbance' OffenceIn the case of Morge vs Hampshire County Council  UKSC 2 on appeal from:  EWCA Civ 608 the Supreme Court has overruled the Court of Appeal and given a more cautious interpretation of the Article 12(1)(b) 'deliberate disturbance' offence. The Supreme Court believed that the Court of Appeal had set the threshold for 'deliberate disturbance' too high. Whilst no minimum threshold was given by the Supreme Court, a leading environmental lawyer has reviewed the case and believes that in some circumstances disturbance of one or two individuals of a European Protected Species (EPS) may fall within the offence.