Why is the Water Framework Directive important?

The UK’s health, economy and environment rely on clean water. Cleaner rivers, lakes and groundwater should therefore be one of our priorities, however it is not. In fact, our waterways are becoming more polluted every year. In 2020, a Defra report found that every single river and lake in England was polluted beyond legal limits....

So… you think that mining risk is only a rural thing?

It is easy to assume that, if your client’s property is in an urban area, your due diligence on the transaction would not need to involve purchasing a mining report – but our vast collection of historical mining data tells a very different story. We have previously written various pieces on urban mining1,2,3,4 but as a...

Are you ready for a revolution?

Do you want to: Never have to consider which search report is most suitable again? Never have to ask your client for more money for even more recommended searches? Never want to worry about negligence if the correct search isn’t ordered? Do you want to save time and money for both yourself and your client?...

What could be the cause of a recent sinkhole on Seaton beach?

A report of a recent sinkhole on Seaton beach has sparked some local speculation as to whether this collapse could in-fact be related to historical mining activity. A look at our Geographical Information System (GIS) reveals no records of underground mining in the vicinity of this event. That said, there are numerous small surface quarries...

The plastic pandemic

Walking outside for my permitted daily exercise, I noticed that, along with the usual crisp packets, cigarette butts and fast food packaging, a new item was now plaguing the neighbourhood’s street verges; the disposal mask. As I stared down at the masks covered in mud and trampled on, I suddenly realised that the lasting impacts...

‘Toxic’ Glasgow burn under investigation. What can historical maps reveal.

Last week the Scottish Environment Protection Agency was called to investigate a ‘toxic’ Glasgow burn that was pictured glowing luminous yellow . Clyde Gateway, who are undertaking remedial works to address the polluted burn, previously warned politicians that contaminated land nearby the river posed an immediate risk to human health. The striking colour in the...

Green shoots of recovery – the surprising effect of Covid

Covid has given us cause to pause and think and realise that paradigm shifts are possible and that now is the time to embrace a net zero future. Words like the green industrial revolution and green new deal are being talked about with enthusiasm and now real projects are beginning to move on from last...

Jurassic coast retreat

The Jurassic coastline of Dorset was yesterday reaching the national headlines this time, it was not due to a rare find of ancient fossils but due to a substantial landslide and rockfall. Incredible images of the extent of the landslip and rockfall can be seen in this BBC news piece1. Two sections of the cliffs...