Does your project need a construction site licence?

The Controlled Activities Regulations 2011, Scotland Applies to – Scotland and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) Any construction activity in Scotland leading to a discharge to the water environment, abstraction, and physical works in rivers and lochs can threaten the water environment and therefore may be subject to regulatory control. The Water Environment (Controlled Activities)…

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The Water Framework Directive

The Water Framework Directive Applies to – UK Link here The Water Framework Directive (WFD) came into force on 22nd December 2000 and was put into UK law (transposed) in 2003 and is designed to improve and integrate how water bodies are managed throughout Europe. The Purpose The purpose of the Water Framework Directive is…

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CIEEM - Bear Environmental

CIEEM recognises specialist Ecological Clerk of Works contractor – Bear Environmental

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) is developing an accreditation for Ecological Clerk of Works and Bear Environmental has been recognised as being involved as part of an Advisory Group of ecological consultants and contractors to deliver the accreditation. ‘A competent ECoW can effectively oversee the management of the risks on construction…

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Environmental permits and when you need one

Applies to – England The Environment Agency (EA) outlines permits for installations, waste or mining waste operations, water discharge or groundwater activities, or work on or near a main river or sea defence. You may need an environmental permit if you do an activity that could: pollute the air, water or land; increase flood risk;…

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More ground mounted solar farm appointments for Bear Environmental

We are delighted to say that Bear Environmental Ltd have been appointed as ecological consultants for a further two ground mounted solar farm sites in the south-west of England with 8.28 and 6.5 MW capacity respectively. Providing specialist ecological advise Bear Environmental’s role will be to complete a hedgerow assessment and submission of a Phase…

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Specialist Ecological Clerk of Works contractor appointed – East West Rail

East West Rail (EWR) is a major development to establish a strategic railway connecting East Anglia with Central, Southern and Western England. Specialist Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) contractor Bear Environmental Ltd have been appointed as a Principal ECoW to EWR. The project plans to build (and rebuild) new and existing lines linking Oxford and…

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Bear Environmental appointed for ground mounted solar farms

Bear Environmental Ltd have been appointed as ecological consultants for two ground solar farm sites in the south of England with 12 and 3.1 MW capacity respectively. Following a series of rigorous planning procedures and in order to meet the EU renewable energy targets by 2020, these projects will enhance the UKs solar power capability.…

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Ecological Clerk of Works – an outline for junior ecologists

Applies – Graduate and Consultant grade ecologists Ecological Clerk of Works It’s important to understand for developing ecologists that not all work in your upcoming careers will involve looking for fauna in far flung beautiful locations in the UK (or abroad), a key and developing area within the construction industry is that of the Ecological…

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Does your project pose a threat to the water environment?

The Controlled Activities Regulations 2011, Scotland Applies to – Scotland and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) Any construction activity in Scotland leading to a discharge to the water environment, abstraction, and physical works in rivers and lochs can threaten the water environment and therefore may be subject to regulatory control. The Water Environment (Controlled Activities)…

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On Site Mitigation – Know your site!

Environmental Clerk of Works in the UK Environmental issues, and especially water quality and surface water runoff, are a significant challenge on many construction sites and were the focus of a recent one-day conference conducted by the Association of Environmental and Ecological Clerk of Works (AEECoW) (http://www.aeecow.com/) in Glasgow, Scotland. We’ve extracted some of the…

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Kuhl’s pipistrelle diagnostic features

Batty Day Care…..

May 8th 2017 Bear Environmental recently attended a one day bat care course conducted by the Tayside Bat Group (www.taysidebatgroup.wixsite.com/batty) in Perth, Scotland. Presentations were given by Dr. Sue Swift, Tracey Jolliffe and Catherine Wood. Dr. Sue Swift started the day by giving a presentation into the background of bats in the UK, why bats…

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