Environmental sustainability is central to CGO Ecology's business ethic and our Environmental and Social Responsibility Policy outlines the steps we take to ensure our practices are sustainable. One of these steps is to calculate our annual carbon footprint and to offset it through appropriate projects.
Hello, my name is Noel Bergin, and I am the new Senior Ecologist at CGO Ecology. Since starting in May, I have been working on GCN and bat mitigation work, but also at a number of railway sites, capturing and translocating reptiles.
It's very important to us that our employees find their work enjoyable and fulfilling, so we ask for staff feedback on a regular basis, and we will publish it here on the website. The first person to tell us how her first month with CGO Ecology has gone is Colette Gibson from Camarthen, who has been working as a seasonal ecologist on GCN projects in Cheshire and Shropshire.
As a small independent consultancy, CGO Ecology Ltd was focused primarily on amphibian and reptile consultancy in its early years; but now that our business is much larger, the breadth of our capability has grown. We have tended to subcontract out most of our bat work until now, using the services of other friendly local consultancies and freelancers. However, we do get offered a lot of bat survey work, and we decided it was time to acquire our own in-house expertise and technical capability.
Yesterday CGO Ecology's Chris Gleed-Owen and ARC's Nick Moulton were out on Studland Peninsula in Dorset, training reptile survey volunteers for the Cyril Diver Project. Despite a grim start to the weather, the sun came out, and we saw dozens of sand lizards, plus a smooth snake and lots of slow-worms.
Owing to our expanding order book, we have recently been recruiting new staff. An advert on the Countryside Jobs Service (CJS) website two weeks ago yielded well over a hundred CVs. We were pleased to have such a good response, and the standard of applications was generally high.
The spring is always a busy time for ecological consultancies, and CGO Ecology's calendar is pretty full this year. In fact, it never quietened down over the winter 2013-2014; we have remained busy throughout. Much of it was down to EPS licence applications and the protracted drama these seem to be causing most practitioners these days. Here's a synopsis of what we're up to in spring 2014:
Last Saturday I spent an enjoyable and highly-educational day learning about cetacean and seabird ID. The location: Dorset Wildlife Trust's Chesil Beach Centre, between Weymouth and Portland, with panoramic views of Portland, Portland Harbour, the Fleet, and of course, Chesil Beach. The trainer: Adrian from MARINElife, a UK charity dedicated to cetacean and seabird conservation through research and education.
Last weekend saw yet another excellent Herpetofauna Workers' Meeting, this time at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Thanks to ARC and ARGUK for organising it.
Yesterday a range of news sources reported that a Dorset badger cull is "looking increasingly likely", paraphrasing the words of Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill. The BBC, the Daily Telegraph, the Dorset Echo were among those reporting the story.