After the usual lull in February it’s now all systems go. I’m talking about business but to be honest it’s been very much the same outside for the last week. All the birds are singing and the first flowering plants of the year are putting on a show and adding some much needed colour to the muted washed out hue of winter. A bit like me!
It would appear that this year is going to be a busy one with jobs pouring in, including some big ones! Thankfully with our new technical director Gavin Wilson we should be well set up to deal with it all, and more (hint hint)!
Last month we had our annual directors and partners night out. The traditional part of this day is the AGM followed by a competition of some sort, complete with a trophy. One year it was pitch and putt, the next clay pigeon shooting and memorably (or not as it turned out to be) competitive wine tasting! This year we went old school and had a pub games tournament. It would be ungracious of me to mention who one the trophy this year….
As part of our ‘getting to know the neighbours’ push I introduced myself and Biocensus to our two neighbourly architects. DKA are directly upstairs from us in the Malt House, whilst the Nash Partnership are about four doors down along the canal. By way of saying ‘hi’, I did a lunchtime seminar/CPD session for them describing what we do and how ecology as a discipline fits into the construction industry, and most importantly how this produces great opportunities for practices and their clients. Not only are we lucky to have these two companies as neighbours but as an added bonus everyone I met seemed really friendly and I’m sure we’ll work with both in the near future.
The exciting development (in a slightly geeky way) this month was Biocensus instructing Thirty8 Digital to take over the running of our website, and more importantly to start designing our new all singing, all dancing bespoke subbie database. We decided a while ago that having most of the information about our subbies (geography, skills etc…) in our heads was a risky strategy (lots of buses around Bath etc...) so we’re now in the process of building the database. Talking of which, if you are a freelance ecologist and a member of CIEEM and you want to be on our database then get in touch.
The other night, Dez, Gav, Steph and myself were at the ‘People, Politics and the Planet – Any Questions?’ event in London. Some big (really big) issues were covered and a range of interesting views were expressed by the panel members, including a frankly pantomime villain role played by William Cash of UKIP.
Apart from making it abundantly clear that he was not the world’s biggest advocate of wind turbines (by even the most enormous stretch of the imagination), he also declared that if he were able to do anything for the environment then he would repeal the Climate Change Act! Whoever booked him obviously knew a thing or two about the entertainment industry. However, my overwhelming feeling after the event was one of depression.
The problems facing the world with regards to energy, food, water, climate and biodiversity are so vast and so complex, and yet the humans trying to sort them out are so small (minded) and simple (minded). It sometimes feels like the issues are just too big for us. I’m a twisted old cynic I know, and I really don’t want to be, but when far more people sign an online petition to reinstate someone that allegedly assaulted a work colleague, than sign a petition against fracking, the badger cull and repealing the Climate Change Act, National Parks Act and the Wildlife and Countryside Act (combined!!) it says it all. I really, really hope I’m wrong. I’m not going to give up hope.
On a more positive note our peregrines have been getting ‘jiggy’ with it and it’s hopefully only a matter of days before we have some eggs you can watch progress here.
We’ve just had a sweep stake in the office to guess the date of the first hatch. I reckon I’m nailed on with the 1st of May (my birthday by a happy coincidence).
Take care and enjoy the spring! Tim