Friday, 28 February 2014 16:54

200th Project

Milner Ecology has just been commissioned to undertake our 200th project since founding the company in 2007 and it is our most local job yet! We have been commissioned to undertake a preliminary roost inspection for bats at Skipton Town Hall by Craven District Council to enable renovation works to be undertaken.


It will be nice to be able to walk to a job for once!


Ben is now registered with Natural England to hold a Class Survey Licence WML CL17 (Bat Survey Level 1). This licence permits the surveying of bats by observation only but is sufficient for the majority of surveys.
Ben has also completed a full course of rabies inoculations so following a training course in January he should be able to apply for the Level 2 licence which will enable handling of bats in addition to activities covered by the Level 1 licence.

Milner Ecology has become a sponsor of the Yorkshire Pine Marten Project. NatureSpy is running an ambitious project to capture the first ever image of a wild pine marten living in Yorkshire. The project will use wildlife camera traps which trigger when a wild animal passes in front of them, snapping a picture or video.


The pine marten has never been officially recorded alive in Yorkshire, although there are regular sightings. A dead pine marten was discovered by a roadside here in 1993. If successful, it is believed it would be the first time a pine marten has been pictured living Yorkshire and only the second time in England.


If, as suspected, they are found to be living here it would mean that the second-rarest carnivorous mammal in the UK calls Yorkshire home. This will mean that it will be possible to:

    • Focus conservation efforts where pine marten are found
    • Begin to estimate how many are living there
    • Adapt forest management to benefit pine marten
    • Raise awareness of the pine marten's plight and status


[Pine Marten]


Thursday, 04 April 2013 18:10

IEEM Receives Royal Charter

The Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) has been granted a Royal Charter. The new Charter was enacted on 1st April 2013, from which date IEEM became the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). CIEEM members now belong to a professional body recognised for its work by HRH Queen Elizabeth II and which operates under the scrutiny of the Privy Council, ensuring the very highest of professional standards.

Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:56

Natural England Long Term Monitoring Network

Milner Ecology has been appointed to install 50 permanent quadrats at Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve. This is part of a project to install long term monitoring points in nine National Nature Reserves. These will enable Natural England to monitor vegetation changes in response to climate change in some of Britain's most valuable habitats.
Climate change will significantly affect England's natural environment and biodiversity. These changes will be compounded by the long-term impacts of air pollution and changes in land management policy and practice. Natural England needs to understand what is driving environmental change in order to advise others on mitigation or adaptation actions and to allow them to adapt their strategies and interventions. The Long-term Monitoring Network project will deliver a cost-effective, long-term and integrated approach to meeting these evidence needs.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 17:25


Milner Ecology has just launched its new Facebook page, this will give us an easy way to keep clients updated of current surveys and seasonal survey timings. It is also a good place to upload the many, many photos we have taken on-site!
Please have a look around and 'like' our site.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 17:23

The Survey Season Approaches

With the approach of the survey season now is an ideal time to contact Milner Ecology Ltd to discuss any upcoming projects so that any ecological issues can be dealt with at the correct time of year. This will minimise delays and ensure the survey results are robust enough for planning purposes, thus avoiding costly re-applications.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 17:14

Local Surveyors Direct

Milner Ecology has recent been listed on Local Surveyors Direct, a centralised website providing fast and direct access to a huge number of building and property professionals - from local surveyors and structural engineers to architects, domestic energy assessors and electricians - right across the UK, so that clients can get the estimates they need in one place without fuss or hassle.


Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:09

BESC and Person Certified

Ben has recently undertaken training and assessment to be certified for work within National Grid Sub-Stations. This included Person CBT and an on-site BESC assessment at Willington 400kv Sub-Station.

The Basic Electrical Safety Competence (BESC) registration scheme is intended for all persons who work directly or indirectly, on or near operational plant and equipment connected with electricity transmission and distribution. The scheme standards deal with safely entering, moving around and exiting work areas in addition to identifying hazards and safe working practices.

These competencies will be added to his EUSR record along with his current Cross Country Pipeline Health, Safety and Environment Passport.

Friday, 27 April 2012 12:09

Chartered Environmentalist

Ben has recently been accepted by the Society for the Environment to become a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). The application process requires a substantial career review report establishing a commitment to sustainable principals and professional standards. This is followed by a Professional Review Interview with senior SocEnv members to demonstrate skills and ability against the elements of knowledge, competence and engagement required to become CEnv.

Chartered Environmentalists are drawn from no one profession. They work across industry, government, education and the public sector. Registration as a Chartered Environmentalist distinguishes members apart from others working in their field. It establishes proven knowledge, experience and commitment to environmental best practice and a high degree of expertise in their field.