Research and Development

Ecus ecology has a well-deserved reputation for pioneering and innovative research. Our staff have led research in both terrestrial and aquatic ecology and have authored a number of papers and reports on topics including the control of invasive species and the conservation of rare species.

Examples of Ecus ecology research projects:

  • Vegetation monitoring to investigate the possible increase in nitrogen deposition on statutory designated lowland dry/wet/humid heath communities – Bournemouth Airport
  • Vegetation monitoring to investigate the effect on vegetation, particularly sphagnum by increasing the water table to restore active blanket bog, in Wales – RSPB
  • Species action plan and translocation methodology for Potamogeton compressus – Natural England
  • Prioritising sites at risk from diffuse agricultural pollution. Identification of high priority water-dependent sites and preparation of case studies to support Natural England’s application for DEFRA funding – Natural England
  • Restoration of damaged peatlands. ECUS was commissioned by the Department of the Environment to produce national guideline on the restoration of lowland raised bogs affected by peat extraction – DEFRA

Published papers and reports:

Birkinshaw, N; Kemp, E. and Clarke, S. (In Press) Ecology of grass-wrack pondweed
Potamogeton compressus: a review and translocation protocol. Natural England

Clarke, S; Lansdown, R. and Birkinshaw, N. (2009) Determining the main variability
components for macrophytes communities in rivers: JNCC and LEAFPACS
macrophytes surveys on the River Dee. Technical report for the Countryside
Council for Wales

Kemp, E; Birkinshaw, N; Peay, S. & Hiley, P.D. (2003). Reintroducing the White-clawed Crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes. Conserving Natura 2000 Rivers Conservation Techniques Series No. 1. English Nature, Peterborough.

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