Ecological Impact Assessment: Historic England

The client: Natural England & Historic England

The site: Hail Weston Moated Manor Restoration

The brief: To undertake ecological surveys and resultant monitoring works required in support of a project to restore a medieval moated manor site, designated as a scheduled monument. The project aimed to remove the plantation woodland and restore the site back to open grassland.

Our solution: A preliminary ecological appraisal was undertaken to identify the likely presence of protected species and habitats. Several badger sett holes were identified; an additional sett assessment with camera traps confirmed that holes present formed part of an outlier sett. Bat transects identified six bat species foraging around the fringes of the site, including Western barbastelle. Trees with Potential Roost Features were climbed by our level 2 licenced bat ecologist with an endoscope. Hazel dormice surveys were undertaken due to the suitability of habitats, and close proximity to a known population.

The result: Survey results were used to inform an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) outlining the necessary mitigation measures to minimise adverse effects to the species and habitats on site. Detailed recommendations were included for the retention of important habitats as well as specific mitigation for protected species. The tree felling, grassland restoration and ongoing management are being undertaken by Maydencroft, with supervision from our ecologists as required.

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