Required at planning when there are likely ecological constraints to the site
Our team of experienced ecologists will assist you in providing a standard Phase 1 Habitat Survey following the ‘Joint Nature Conservation Committee’ [JNCC] environmental audit guidelines 2010. The Phase 1 habitat classification and field survey records vegetation type including wildlife habitats.
This provides you with a basic assessment of habitat type and the potential importance for nature conservation within the site. Each habitat type / feature is identified by way of a brief description. It is allocated a specific name, an alpha-numeric code, and a unique mapping colour.
- A site visit that maps out site habitats, including photographs and using the JNCC habitat categories
- Identification of the dominant species within the site and position of species within each habitat.
- Cross reference to the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and the relevant Local Biodiversity Action Plan.
- Target-noting of features of ecological significance or those unable to be mapped.
- Produce a Phase 1 habitat category results map including key using the JNCC habitat mapping palette.
- Supply a written report that documents the survey results, habitats, assessment details and recommendations including a clear, concise non-technical summary.
- Habitat creation for Natterjack toads, with NCC and British Herpetological Society in West Cumbria. Assessment, Creation, Transfer.
- Coastal dune stabilisation, West Cumbria.
- Wildlife habitat creation, nature study centre and interpretation trail, Drax, North Yorkshire.
- Steel Valley Walk, Stocksbridge, schools involvement, Community Woodlands Officer appointment. Wildflower meadows were created with the help of local children.
- Woodland planting for screening and nature conservation.
- Phase 1 habitat surveys and ecological improvement schemes.
- Preparation of a 25 year Environmental Audit of all habitats on Heriot-Watt University’s Riccarton campus. Incorporating studies of birds and aquatic fauna by others.
- New ponds and meadows for the West Student Village at Heriot Watt University.
- Invasive species survey for Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Method Statement for remediation
- River Thames Japanese Knotweed eradication, retired flood defence scheme, habitat creation of Willow Carr
- Ecological Surveys and Mitigation Proposals for River Sheaf development sites in Sheffield
- National Vegetation Classification for recreational grassland on urban fringe Rotherham
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10 TOP TIPS TO REDUCE COSTS
The presence of legally protected species of plants and animals on a development site can have significant implications for project timings and costs. Follow these guidelines to keep costs down.
- Choose sites of low wildlife value if possible – it will have fewer ecological issues.
- Incorporate arboriculture and ecology at an early stage. Your design should fit the surrounds not vice versa. Small design changes can reduce arboricultural and ecological impacts and costs considerably.
- Submit all the ecological information to the planners early. Failure to do so can lead to costly delays.
- Plan in time for seasonal surveys. Protected species surveys can only be carried out at certain times of year. Make sure you know when. (See Survey Season Guidelines)
- Manage your site during the pre-development period. Disused sites soon become inhabited by wildlife.
- Enhance your site cost effectively. Planning policy often requires ecological enhancement measures. There are ways to achieve this without running over budget.
- Listen to your ecological consultant and avoid short cutting their advice. We don’t recommend that you do things unnecessarily. Early and thorough intervention in a project can save you time, money and headaches.
- Read the reports thoroughly. It is important that you know what is required in the way of ecological surveys and mitigation.
- Inform your consultant early of any proposed site changes.
- Never assume that a site has no ecological constraints. Protected species are quite widespread and commonly encountered during development, including some urban sites.