AEMG have recently completed a trial trench to investigate the extent of the roots within the root protection area (RPA) of a Mature Beech tree. We used an Air spade and soil vacuum to ensure any roots encountered were not damaged. This method was used to investigate if the Beech tree could be retained next to the new development. Any roots found were wrapped in damp hessian so they didn’t dry out.
Acorn Groups Ecologist, Jade O’Rourke, is undertaking an extensive field study trip in Malawi to assist in a local habitat survey. Jade will be based at Mvuu Camp, a Central African Wilderness Safaris Lodge on the banks of the Shire River in Liwonde National Park.
Jade is working on the following:
- Bat and insect trapping (mist netting, harp trapping, insect light trapping)
- Bat acoustic surveys (using bat detectors)
- Small mammal surveys (using Sherman traps)
- Vegetation surveys and habitat More >
AEMG has recently purchased a TreeTronic3 which is used to detect decay in standing trees. The TreeTronic3 will work with the Picus3 that AEMG bought a few months ago to give extra detailed information about the condition of the wood inside trees. The TreeTronic3 is a measuring device that uses electric current and voltage measurements to calculate a map of the electrical resistance properties of the cross section of a tree. The electrical resistance depends on water content, cell structures, More >
AEMG recently completed detailed root inspection on a Beech tree utilising the Airspade. On a previous survey for the University of Birmingham the decay fungus Meripilus giganteus had been identified. Due to its location next to a busy road and pedestrian crossing this would normally require removal. This tree is within the area covered by the Green Heart Project which seeks to improve the green spaces around the main campus. We were therefore asked if there was any possible way to safely More >
AEMG recently completed decay detection on several trees for University of Birmingham. Picus® Sonic Tomography system and Resistograph® drill were used to highlight the amount of decay within the trees. Picus® Sonic Tomography system measures the time sound waves take to go through the tree. Picus® system uses low frequency sound to measure the density of the wood inside the tree. The data produced from twelve separate sensors is converted into a four colour image representing a cross-section More >
This month AEMG completed this year’s phase of surveys on behalf of Bolton at Home who manage a varied and impressive tree stock throughout the town of Bolton. The trees are a pleasure to survey and have a history of excellent management by the council who were responsible for them prior to transfer to the housing association. Bolton at Home has maintained the excellent standards of management and takes every step to enhance the landscape for their customers.
These areas of wild flower planting More >
AEMG are pleased to commence a tree condition survey this month on behalf of Sandwell Valley Country Park. The park is situated in the heart of the West Midlands and incorporates two working farms with visitor centres. Outdoor activities include walking, mountain biking and an assault course and there are also various nature areas and an RSPB visitor centre.
The treescape is mature and diverse with wooded areas throughout showing different management techniques.
We anticipate completing this More >
Acorn Environmental Management Group, the national provider of arboricultural and landscape consultancy and management services has launched a new training academy to deliver health and safety courses to the arboricultural & Landscaping industry.
The Acorn Academy is a BALI registered training provider for the Registration of Land Based Operatives (ROLO) health and Safety course which is now the recognised health and safety training requirement for the industry. In addition The Acorn Academy More >
Coventry City Council owns and actively manages over 200 hectares of mature woodland within the city boundary. Over 100 hectares is ancient and semi-natural woodland or replanted ancient woodland sites.
The majority of the woods are designated as Local Nature Reserves (LNRs). Tile Hill Wood is listed by English Nature as a More >