Lee Ecology News

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Happy New Year! Booking bat surveys for the summer!

Phew! Apologies for the lack of news, 2015 was a busy year! We’d like to wish all our clients and associates a very Happy New Year and much success for 2016. January is already proving to be a busy month with lots of preliminary building assessments for bats and barn owls, initial habitat surveys and supervising/undertaking vegetation clearance. We are…

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Phew – what a busy year!

We have experienced a very busy year hence the lack of recent news posts!  The summer was jam packed full of daytime and evening/pre-dawn surveys! Although the bat activity season is over we are still busy undertaking daytime bat and barn owl surveys, phase 1 habitat surveys etc. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our seasonal assistants…

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Lee Ecology cares about bats


Although we work with bats on a professional basis we also care for sick and injured bats in our spare time.  Tamsin is a registered voluntary bat carer with the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) and often gets calls, especially during the summer, to collect sick/injured bats that have been found by the general public. There have been occasions during a…

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Traditional hedgelaying


We spent a wonderful sunny day last week laying some of the hedges around our small holding.  Traditional hedgelaying is a country craft which has been practiced for hundreds of years and is still practiced today despite our fast-paced lives and extensive use of all that is mechanised!  These traditional methods have many benefits including: formation of livestock-proof barriers; rejuvenation…

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Don’t turn your pets into invasive species!


Last night I attended a meeting run by our local reptile and amphibian group, for which I have recently been elected as secretary. We touched briefly on the topic of invasive species, specifically herptiles, but it made me think again about how important this subject is, especially in relation to the conservation of our native fauna and flora. Alien species…

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National Nest Box Week starts on Valentine’s Day!


National Nest Box Week is an initiative run by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and runs every year between 14 – 21 February.  The aim is to encourage as many people as possible to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity.  Many natural bird nesting sites are disappearing  as gardens and…

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Lee Ecology doesn’t hibernate during the winter!


At this time of year we are busy with Phase 1 Habitat surveys and other non-seasonal work.  Remember to book in your preliminary ecological assessments early so that you are ready for the survey season, if further specialist work (e.g. bat surveys, reptile surveys) is required.  Some surveys are strictly seasonal so please get in touch if you would like…

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Hedgehogs need our help – become a hedgehog champion!


The hedgehog, often cited as the nation’s favourite animal, is facing a dramatic decline in numbers.  Once a common sight around gardens and parks it is now becoming increasingly rare to catch a glimpse of this charismatic spiny mammal. The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), a charity which has been running counts of hedgehogs for over a decade, believes…

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The Big Garden Birdwatch


The RSPB is once again running the Big Garden Birdwatch in January, cited as the biggest wildlife survey in the world! To take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch you just need to record what birds you see during one hour between 25-26 January 2014 and send the results to the RSPB.  They are also interested in receiving records of other…

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