We aim to integrate wildlife with the built environment and to achieve a net gain of biodiversity for all our clients.
We are an experienced team, passionate about the natural environment and take our duty of care as environment professionals very seriously. Consequently, our ecological work adheres to the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management Code of Professional Conduct.
We pride ourselves on providing practical ways of conserving wildlife through creative mitigation design and the development of high quality and robust green infrastructure.
- Preliminary Ecological Appraisal for development schemes
- Protected species surveys, by licence holders, which may be required. Surveys can include reptiles and amphibians, bats, dormice, badgers and birds
- Ecological Impact Assessment chapters for EIA’s
- Recreational and other Impact Assessments for Protected Sites, Habitats Regulations screening and the provision of Suitable Accessible Natural Green Space (SANGS)
- Specialised surveys and support required for larger Countryside Stewardship schemes and enhancement works.
- Ecological mitigation and enhancement design
- Compliance with planning conditions
- We provide staff to work as ecological clerks of works on construction projects
These services are backed up by our contracting division which can undertake or project manage implementation of a wide range of schemes. These can include habitat translocation, reinstatement of heathland, creation and establishment of aquatic habitats, and a wide range of woodland management and creation schemes.
We have worked with Derriford Hospital for the last four years, helping them develop the hospital facilities on a very tight campus. The campus is adjacent to the Bircham Valley Local Nature Reserve, much of which is owned by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. As a statutory protected site, this imposes additional challenges and constraints, with an area of ancient woodland running along the southern edge of the hospital grounds.
We performed an overview ecological survey of a 350 hectares commercial forestry estate. The survey identified sensitive areas of higher conservation value, and recommended adjustments to future management within the commercial context. The results also assisted the estate managers maintain legal compliance in line with protected species legislation and recently updated industry guidelines.
Polvellan Manor in Looe has lain derelict for a number of years, since closing as an old people’s residential home. We are currently working with RLT Architects of Penzance to assist our client in developing the site into a series of residential apartments. Our work has involved a wide range of ecological and arboricultural issues. The manor house is used at a low level by bats and there is a thriving population of slow-worms in the gardens. A particular challenge has been to deal with the woodland grounds, which are covered by a tree preservation order but have suffered years of neglect.