The March 2021 issue of In Practice, the CIEEM industry journal, contained a viewpoint piece from Tilly discussing the ethics of employing freelance staff. You can read it in your March issue, or if you’re not a CIEEM member, you can download it here.
On the 9th April, Defra wrote to the CIEEM to clarify how coronavirus guidance relates to ecologists.This states:
“Ecologists and environmental professionals should therefore be able to continue with outdoor work, including ecological surveying and supervision, where they can continue to follow Public Health England guidelines.”
And that “… the cessation of environmental survey works would risk causing later delays in the development sector. We would like to thank CIEEM and other environmental professional associations for offering advice to help their members adhere to Government guidelines whilst going about their important work.”
We are therefore continuing to operate, and are carrying out ecological surveys. Each survey will be individually risk assessed as usual, and the additional risks associated with Covid 19 taken into account. In some cases, this may lead to an increase in fees, for example where several surveyors are required and we all have to travel separately rather than car sharing.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries about survey work you require to be undertaken during the 2020 season.
As the survey season draws to a close, we turn our attention to all the things we need to get done over the winter so we’re ready for the 2018 survey season. Of course, there’s all the reports to get finished, and now is the ideal time to start drafting licence applications so they’re ready to submit for next year.
We also try and do an annual kit inventory and tidy of the ecology kit store, so we can see just how many reptile tins went missing this year, and replace any broken or worn items. There’s usually a fun day spent making newt traps, and labeling kit which goes in the field so we can identify our stuff when things are being thrown in the boot of a car at 2am.
Winter is also the time to catch up on the admin tasks which have slipped slightly over the summer, hence this lovely new website! Many thanks to the ever-patient Hilary at Manners Media for gently cajoling us into finishing off the new site.