Protected Species Survey and Monitoring: Messenger Construction

The client: Messenger Construction

The site: Gadsby Field, Collyweston

The brief: Undertake a variety of habitat and protected species surveys on a SSSI site to assess the ecological constraints for its eventual development, and to inform the production of an Ecological Impact Assessment and Ecological Management Plan.

Our solution: A preliminary ecological appraisal highlighted a likely bat roost in the form of a mine shaft, an active badger sett, and potential reptile habitat. A bat roost assessment of the mine shaft on site by our level 2 licensed bat ecologists with confined spaces certification confirmed the presence of an important hibernation roost. The badger sett was monitored to determine the need for licensable activities and reptile population surveys confirmed the presence of common lizard populations.

The result: We worked closely with the Wildlife Trust and Natural England to design appropriate mitigation plans to protect habitats and species to ensure the development complied with all European and National legislation. An ecological management plan was created to ensure an appropriate level of mitigation to fulfil the National Planning Policy Framework and Local Plan Policies. A Construction Exclusion Zone (CEZ) was established around the badger sett and an ecological watching brief was created with specifications for reptile fence installation and vegetation management.

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