Ecology & Habitat Management
The protection and enhancement of our natural environment and biodiversity is very much in the spotlight. The general public are aware of global issues; the melting ice caps, climate change and deforestation and understand the impact such issues have on surrounding wildlife. They are becoming increasingly aware that similar issues happen at a local level and have a similar affect on wildlife and habitats around them.
Sensitive ecological and habitat management is rightly high on the agenda. And we have teams of specialist experts, trained in all disciplines of ecology, who are passionate about finding commercially practical solutions to the challenges being faced in this area.
We work with many of our clients from the concept of a project. We will assess their plans and sites to identify ecologically sensitive areas as early in the process as possible. You can rely on us to identify all issues for consideration and develop appropriate management plans, because we have experts in all aspects of ecology and biodiversity: from licensed animal specialists for all commonly encountered Protected Species (for example birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians), through to protected habitats and designated sites.
So how can we help? The pages in this area of our site will explain more but to give you an idea, our services and areas of expertise include:
- Ecological Impact Assessments
- Ecological Assessments and Surveys
- Biodiversity Assessments
- Biodiversity Action Plans
- Wetland Delineation & Functional Assessment
- Constraint Walkovers
- Habitat Assessments, Screening and Scoping
- Extended Phase 1 Surveys
- Protected Species Surveys and Translocation
- Monitoring Strategies
- Ecological Audits & Footprints
- Restoration Programmes
- Appropriate Assessment
- Project mitigation design
Enterprise Zones, Core Strategies & SEA
The ‘Plan for Growth’ (published in March 2011) announced 21 Enterprise Zones (EZs) and confirmed the location of the first 10. But what about sustainability within these new EZs? And with the recent challenge to the Forest Heath Core Strategy Assessment, largely on the grounds of the SEA Directive, what are the implications we should consider? We also look at how East of England Regional Spatial Strategy fell foul of the High Court and what this means for the future of SEA.