An 8-person strong team, led by our Technical Director, have successfully completed a dusk survey at an enormous building in Surrey. In addition to its size, the project is also challenging due to the nature of the roof, which is extremely complex and has dozens of bat-friendly features inlcuding hanging tiles, turrets and several cracks. In the words of one of the surveyors, "a bat ecologist couldn't have designed it better".
Our Seasonal Ecologist Jonathan Dye took this great photo during research and conservation work he is doing with Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group, as he works towards his Natural England License for smooth snake and sand lizard survey and research. The smooth snake is the UK's rarest reptile confined to only a few locations in the South, and these conservation projects are vital to ensuring the sustainability of the existing populations. After a quick measure-up, the snake was released unharmed.
An exciting refurbishment project is making great progress after enims gained a European Protected Species Licence for bat disturbance at a threshing barn in Sussex that dates back to the 1500s. Read more here.
Wilson & Scott (Highways) Ltd have passed their first ISO 14001:2015 transition audit, with assitance from consultants at enims. They were highly praised for their significant improvement regarding carbon emissions and monitoring, which also won a Highways England Environment Award in November 2016.
The collaborative relationship between enims and Wilson & Scott continues to develop and improve, with both parties having seen significant benefits over the last year.
Pete Satchell (enims) and Cameron Simms (Wilson & Scott) picked up the 2016 Kier Area 3 Environment trophy, awarded in recognition of our innovative 'Collaboration for Carbon Reduction' project. Read more here.
Staff across our Winchester and Norwich offices took part in a bake off to raise money for the BBC's 2016 Children in Need appeal. The cakes were judged based on looks and taste by a combination of Pete Satchell in Winchester and Building Partnerships in Norwich. A total of £64 was raised, with Ross being named Star Baker for his delicious strawberry Victoria Sponge. A great effort by all involved, particularly Ashley who sold his cake to Local First CIC for £10!
Winchester office entries. From left to right: Ashley, Helen, Adrian, Pete, Ross.
Norwich office entries. Paula (left) and Jamie (right).
enims and Purple Realtime displayed their new e-EMS platform at the 2016 Future South conference at Guildhall Winchester, where it was also shortlisted for the inaugural David Green award for low-carbon innovation. The event attracted several hundred delegates, looking at green business and opportunities in sectors ranging from energy efficiency to community-based renewables projects. Read the full story here.
Christina Dow is the winner of our 2016 pumpkin carving competiton, with her witch (middle below). Christina triumphed in a year of stiff competiton, inlcuding snakes, headless horsemen, and the highly creative Donald Trumpkin. Congratulations!
enims would like to congratulate Paula on the significant achievement of becoming a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Paula has been doing fantastic work out of our Norwich office, and is fully deserving of this recognition of her experience and expertise.
enims invited some special guests along to Kier's Area 3 SHE Week. We presented during the week on different aspects of our ecological work, however the highlight involved our guest Matt, from Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Cetre, showcasing four stunning native birds. Read the full story here.
enims recently conducted a provisional ecological appraisal for a harbour development in West Sussex. Impacts considered in the assessment included those on surrounding habitats and animals which could potentially be present, for example water voles. Stunning weather on the day resulted in some rather nice site photos!
One of our ecologists was recently called out after a slow worm (Anguis fragilis) had been washed through drainage pipes and into a receptor pit along a section of motorway. A bucket and rope was used to rescue the animal which was then dried off and allowed to warm up slowly in dark container. After a few hours the slow worm started moving and flicking its tongue, and when it was fully recovered it was released onto some suitable land nearby.
Five common toads (bufo bufo) were recently rescued by Ashley, one of our Junior Ecologists, during a project in Surrey. Ashley conducted a fingertip search for any reptiles and amphibians before clearance works commenced, and found the toads lying under some garden rubble. Once the area had been checked the clearance continued under supervision - no more amphibians or reptiles were found and the works were completed as planned. The toads were released away from the works area into a suitable habitat that had been identified nearby.
Common toads can be distinguished from the similar-looking common frog (Rana temporaria) by their drier and wartier skin, along with their very striking copper-coloured eyes (as shown above). Toads also tend to move by walking, rather than hopping, as glands in the toad’s skin contain powerful toxins which deter predators, allowing them a slower pace of life.
A Viviparous (common) lizard (Zootoca vivipara) was found and translocated during one of our projects in Surrey, allowing Jack Hargreaves to snap this great photo. These lizards are found across significant areas of Europe and Asia, ranging from Ireland to Japan.
Congratulations to Ashley James, who has won our recent photography competition with his photo of a Demoiselle damselfly taken in the New Forest. Read the full story here.
A 12-strong team spent several hours removing Himalayan Balsam from the banks of Monk's Brook, in Fleming Park, Eastleigh. Read the full story here.
Recently the enims team have taken part in an in-house wildlife photography competition. This competition was designed to encourage the team to showcase their work and interest in wildlife, as well as the outdoors in general. It has already been a hit with the employees with several members of staff uploading numerous pictures of wildlife from birds, fish, bats, butterflies to reptiles and damselflies. The competition has been running for almost four weeks, and a winner will be chosen by Pete Satchell (Managing Director) shortly. The winner will have their picture displayed in the office and receive a small prize. A few of the entries so far are displayed below:
Marsh Tit in the New Forest - Ashley James
Barbastelle bat in the hand - William Davis
Viviparous lizard on the M3 - Jamie Neaves
The enims team conducted a bat survey on the 3rd of August 2016 near Winchester, Hampshire. To their surprise, barn owls (Tyto alba) were seen hunting along a nearby hedgerow. The barn owl is on Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 and therefore the birds along with their nests, eggs and young are heavily protected throughout the UK. Penalties, including a fine of up to £5,000 and/or a custodial sentence can be applied if they are disturbed or injured.
The barn owl's habitat includes open countryside such as farmland or grassland, with some interspersed woodland. Barn owls fly silently; tiny serrations on the leading edges of its flight feathers help to break up the flow of air over its wings, reducing turbulence and noise. The barn owls feed primarily on small vertebrates, particularly rodents. In the UK the breeding season usually starts in late March to early April, with nests being located within holes in tress and also buildings such as barns. The eggs hatch in the second half of May and the young are fledged during the second half of July, although they will keep returning to the nest until August.
At enims, our qualified ecologists undertake inspections of buildings for potential barn owl roosts. We can analyse the nests to see whether they are active, and come up with suitable mitigation proposals to support any planning or development appilcations.
Ashley James and Beth Holmes, based in Winchester and Norwich respectively, have been granted Great Crested Newt Class I licenses allowing them to handle and capture GCNs for the purposes of surveying. The team at enims would like to thank Ashley and Beth for their hard work, and congratulate them on this achievement!
Ross Baird, one of our EMS team members, has upgraded to IEMA Practitioner from Associate level. enims would like to congratulate him on taking another step towards Full Membership and becoming a Chartered Environmentalist!
Angela Mills, author and enims bat surveyor, has recently published her book "Bobby the Long-Eared Bat". It is available on Amazon, with 10% of the proceeds going to the Bat Conservation Trust. Chris Packham has written an excellent foreword, and we would encourage you to pick up a copy if you can!
Jamie Neaves, an enims ecologist seconded on the M3 Smart Motorways project, found and rescued two ducklings that had been abandoned by their mother near to some works between junctions 2 and 3. They were taken to the RSPCA's Millbrook Animal Centre, where they will be cared for until they can be released or re-housed.
We supported Kier Highways in showcasing the excellent work they are doing in Area 3. Read the full story here.
enims attended another highly successful Supply Chain Community Workshop for Area 3, where we were asked to present on Biosecurity and the Highways. Read the full story here.
As part of culvert maintenance work on the M3, freshwater species in the water were translocated to a safer area downstream. Signal Crayfish, an invasive species which are harmful to native crayfish and can damage riverbanks, were removed and humanely dispatched during the works in line with legislation.
We would like to congratulate Ross Baird, a member of enims e-Systems and our Environmental Management Systems (e-EMS) Consultant, on successfully completing the IRCA-accredited Lead Auditor Course for the latest (2015) version of the ISO 14001 EMS standard. The challenging residential course, delivered by international certification body SGS, took place over five days in Cranage, Manchester, and involved a variety of theoretical and practical assessments.
Ross will now be using his newly gained auditing skills to lead on conducting enims’ internal audits, as well as supporting our e-Systems Clients to prepare for their 3rd party external certification and surveillance audits.
If you are thinking of implementing the new ISO 14001:2015 Standard or wish to find out more on how Ross can support you with your current ISO systems, contact Ross Baird on firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 0845 6440196.
Our teams in Winchester and Norwich, as well as those working on site and at home, got involved and wore red clothing from hard hats to boxer shorts. Some of our ecologists on the M3 Smart Motorways Project (Balfour Beatty) managed to wear red alongside their orange PPE, and one of our Directors (who will remain anonymous!) managed to take it a step further with a photo that will no doubt come back to haunt him in the future.
We all had a great day and enjoyed supporting the British Heart Foundation and their great cause. A figure for the total amount raised is expected in the coming week.
April 2016 update: the total amount raised by the enims team for the BHF's 'Wear It, Beat It' campaign is £50.00. A great result, thanks everyone!
Following a recent and tragic incident on the motorway network, Leon Reilly (Project HSE Manager, Balfour Beatty) was invited to enims' Winchester office to give a Health & Safety workshop, explaining recent events and reminding everyone of the risks faced when going on to any construction site. The workshop was also lead by Frances Morris (Assistant Consultant, enims), who provided an environmental perspective, and reminded staff of the important role that our ecologists play at both a site and project level.