Bats at Hardcastle Crags
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We recently identified a maternity roost with a peak count of 272 common pipistrelle bats at Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags in Hebden Bridge. Maternity roosts are formed by pregnant, female bats who gather together to have their babies. Females often return to the same place every year to form maternity … Read More

Going batty
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We’re well into the start of the bat survey season here at Bagshaw Ecology. From the 1st of May we’ve been out dawn and dusk monitoring bat activity outside buildings and in suitable habitats. Strangely, we’ve missed it somewhat over the winter… We use a variety of techniques to detect … Read More

Treading on eggshells
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Have you noticed the cheerful song of the dawn chorus recently? The warmer weather and longer days has spurred most male bird species into song, hopeful to attract a mate. This means we will be out on-site undertaking breeding bird surveys until the end of August. As all bird species … Read More

Wild Thing
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Since the beginning of February, we have had a new member of the team at Bagshaw Ecology. Everyone give a warm welcome to Jimi, he mainly works nights, doesn’t keep the office particularly tidy and weighs around 5g… oh and he’s a bat. So he may not be the most … Read More

Otterly incredible
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A few weeks ago Bagshaw Ecology embarked on an unusual field activity, the rescue of an abandoned otter pup. One of our ecologists noticed a post on the local Facebook group about the plight of the young otter and obviously all office work was subsequently abandoned as we rushed to … Read More

Winter Tree Identification
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Tree species can be particularly tricky to identify in winter. Along with checking around underneath the tree for leaves there are several features that can help identify common UK species: Alder Alnus glutinosa A common tree in moist conditions such as wet woodlands, marshes and near riversides. Identifying features: • … Read More

Winter wonders
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Everyone associates spring as the busiest season for wildlife but autumn and winter can be just as important for many species. Here are a few key things to look out for and how you can help your local wildlife over the coming months: The long sleep It’s not just bears … Read More

Winter is coming
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We hung up our bat detectors at the end of September after an extremely busy survey season. While we will miss watching their fascinating antics, we will enjoy catching up on some sleep over the winter period! Not too much though, as there is still plenty to do throughout autumn … Read More

Tree identification in Nutclough Woods
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This week I’ve been helping the 18th Hebden Bridge Cub Scouts with tree identification. We took a walk around Nutclough Woods, in Hebden Bridge, and looked at some of the common species found there. It’s been encouraging to see young children so enthusiastic about out local wildlife, and I was … Read More

A career in ecological consultancy
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Hello! Amy here, I am an assistant ecologist at Bagshaw Ecology. I have spent the past year working part time, discovering what it takes to become an ecological consultant in the UK. Ever since I was a child, the natural world has fascinated me. I did not spend my childhood cooped … Read More

Spring is Here!
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Spring has finally arrived in the UK today on the 20th of March! The weather is warming up, days are getting longer and lambs are starting to appear in the countryside. It is a busy time for us at Bagshaw Ecology as many animals are at their most active during … Read More

We Have Moved!
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We have recently moved office to The Town Hall, in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. As a growing company, this allows us more space, and enables us to work alongside other local businesses in the area. Our new location is only a short distance from our previous office, so we will … Read More

Tree Decay Assessment
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When a tree is identified as being at risk of failure, a full condition and safety assessment is necessary in order to appraise the potential risk. At Bagshaw Ecology we specialise in carrying detailed decay assessments of trees using the IML Resistograph. The Resistograph is a micro-drill which aids in the early … Read More

Habitat Surveys West Yorkshire
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The majority of plants are in flower this time of year, making it the optimum period to carry out Phase 1 Habitat Surveys. Over the next couple of months our surveyors will be carrying out Phase 1 Habitat Surveys across West Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. Phase 1 Habitat Surveys … Read More

Soprano pipistrelle bat
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A soprano pipistrelle bat we found in a tear out wound on sycamore in West Yorkshire. This roost was found in February, towards the end of the hibernation season, although the bat is clearly awake and not torpid. Thanks to Henry Andrews at AEcol for tips on identification!  

Bat Scoping Surveys
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The bat activity season is now over, and we won’t resume bat activity surveys until May 2016. We will, however, continue to carry out bat scoping surveys of buildings over the winter months.   A bat scoping survey consists of a daytime inspection of a building, or other structure, to … Read More

Tree Surveys in Calderdale, West Yorkshire
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Based in Hebden Bridge, Bagshaw Ecology offer professional tree survey services throughout West Yorkshire, including Halifax, Bradford, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Wakefield and Dewsbury. We also regularly provide our services in the surrounding areas of Greater Manchester and Lancashire, including Rochdale, Oldham, Burnley and Blackburn, and North Yorkshire, including Harrogate, Skipton … Read More

Trees and the Law – Tree Owners/Managers Responsibility for Trees
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There are a number statute laws in the UK, the content of which confers duties upon those responsible for trees: Under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 and 1984 there is a duty upon the occupier to take such care as is reasonable to ensure that visitors to their land shall … Read More

Tree Climbing Bat Surveys
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This month we have been carrying out numerous aerial inspections of trees for roosting bats in West Yorkshire and Cumbria, with some interesting results. We’ve also had chance to test out our new endoscope, the Ridgid Micro CA300 Inspection Camera. The Natterer’s bat in the video below has probably been the … Read More

Bat Surveyors Required
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The bat survey season is almost here, and we are looking for self employed bat consultants to assist with bat dusk/emergence and pre-dawn surveys in Manchester, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. Bat consultants of all levels of experience are welcome to apply. Although we are primarily looking for bat surveyors, there also … Read More

Bat Surveys Explained
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The first time that many of our clients learn of bats and their status as a protected species is when they are made aware of the need for a bat survey by the local planning authority. Whether it’s to convert a loft, re-roof a property, or to demolish a building, … Read More