These are just a small selection of the 200+ projects we have undertaken in the last 12 months.
Preliminary visual assessment for bats and breeding birds on barns in Somerset
We were asked by Mr D to provide a preliminary visual assessment for bats and breeding birds of two agricultural buildings in Somerset. We completed the work in April 2016 on time and to budget. No bats were found and Mr D is happy and now pushing ahead with his planning application.
Preliminary ecological appraisal for a series of ponds on Exmoor
We were commissioned by a large planning consultancy to provide a preliminary ecological appraisal in relation to a group of flight ponds to be created at a well-known shoot on Exmoor. We completed the surveys in March 2016 and made recommendations within the report on how to enhance the ponds for wildlife, whilst keeping their functionality as flight ponds.
Preliminary visual assessment for bats and breeding birds on a disused retail complex in Torbay
We were asked by a large regional architect to provide a preliminary visual assessment for bats and breeding birds of the now abandoned B&Q store in Torbay. This is a large complex site over a number of buildings with abundant roof voids. We completed the survey in September 2015 and provided a full report within the agreed time frame and to the agreed price No bats were found, although we made certain recommendations with regards to nesting birds at the site.
Extended phase 1 habitat survey (Preliminary ecological appraisal) for 12ha solar farm in Cornwall
We were asked in April 2015 by a large renewable energy company to provide a Extended phase 1 habitat survey for a large solar photovoltaic array within a disused mining area in mid Cornwall. The site supported the nationally rare bryophyte Western Rustwort Marsupella profunda along with invasive plant species and the potential for reptiles and nesting birds.
We made recommendations within the assessment for avoidance mitigation during construction and the long term management of the site. We also provided ecology sections for the construction environmental management plan and engaged with the county ecologist. The clients planning application was successful and the project is currently being built.
Bat emergence surveys on a home in Cornwall with a colony of Brown Long-eared bats
We were contacted by a local architectural consultancy in late Summer 2015 in relation to proposals to modernise a large property on a tributary of the River Fowey. Whilst inspecting the roof void a colony of 27 Brown Long-eared bats was found roosting along the ridge with abundant droppings within the void, indicating that this site was a maternity roost for this species. Following roost characterisation surveys (emergence and remote monitoring) we determined the precise location that the bats use to access the roof void. Based on this information, we wrote method statements for the required modernisation that would avoid any offence and allowed the client to complete their repairs without the requirement of a European Protected Species licence
Reptile translocation from the grounds of a hospital in Devon
We were asked by a local health trust in August 2015 to translocate reptiles from two areas within the grounds of a Devon hospital to allow construction of new infrastructure project to be completed without the risk of killing or injuring the reptiles, in-line with wildlife legislation. We planned and organised the construction of reptile fencing to stop the animals getting back into the sites, selected an adjacent site to receive the animals, provided advice on the management of their new home, and successfully completed capture and translocation in late summer 2015. Construction is ongoing and the reptiles are happy in their new home.
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