‘Removing obstacles and enabling developments to progress in a sustainable manner.’ That was the vision that Jon and I had when we established babec ecological consultants. However, I can’t deny that spending more time out in the field again came as an added bonus.

As an ecologist you never lose the feeling that March is like the ‘calm before the storm’. As the temperatures increase and days get longer you always know that soon you will be knee-deep in a pond or getting up at 3 o’clock in the morning for a bat survey. The winter period is therefore a time for us to do all those jobs that get neglected during the survey season. With this in mind it seems logical to get the formalities out of the way and give you a quick run-down of the personnel behind the babec blog.

Jon grew up in a small village in South Wales and spent his formative years building dens and getting up to general mischief. He recalls the time when he was sent home for putting a slow worm down a dinner ladies’ apron. Nowadays he can be found looking for bat roosts and drinking tea with ‘too much’ sugar.

I spent my early years kicking up fallen leaves in woodlands throughout Sussex and making daily surveillance trips to our garden pond to watch the frog spawn develop into tadpoles. Nowadays I am happiest when I’m climbing trees or introducing my two year old son to the wonders of pond dipping at Woods Mill.

The new babec blog will allow us to share interesting survey stories, keep you updated with important changes to policies and guidelines, and give you an insight into the amazing wildlife that can be found right on your doorstep.

We would really appreciate your feedback so if you have any questions regarding the wildlife found in your back garden, street or local nature reserve then please leave a comment or drop us a line.

Tim Buckland – Director