The client: Royal Borough Windsor and Maidenhead

The site: Shurlock Road Nature Reserve, Waltham St Lawrence

The brief: To produce a Landscape and Ecological Management Plan (LEMP) and a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) for the protection of biodiversity during the implementation of a project to covert a parcel of agricultural land to public open space, adjacent to Shurlock Road.

Our solution: The LEMP and CEMP were created to ensure that the completion of the development results in no net loss of biodiversity and where possible enhances the wildlife value of the site.

The result: The LEMP and CEMP included a series of methods statements to ensure protected species on site were protected during the construction phase and included for ecological clerk of works for the vegetation clearance. A number of habitats and ecological features are to be constructed/installed as part of the scheme, including the creation of grass swales, a new pond with associated aquatic flora, species-rich native hedgerow, scattered tree planting, hibernacula and the installation of both bird and bat boxes. The reports outlined the aftercare and management of the aforementioned features for the next five years.

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