Our services include mitigation design, translocation and habitat creation, and identification of biodiversity enhancement measures. Our ecologists work closely with our landscape architects, so that mitigation proposals are robust, meet high standards of aesthetics, form and function for site users, and are fully integrated into external spaces. We work closely with contractors to ensure that site works are carried out sensitively, to a high standard, and yet without unnecessary costs or delay.
Avoidance of impact can be the most straightforward and cost-effective way to mitigate for ecological impacts, for example, by altering the layout of a scheme or by timings of works to avoid sensitive periods, such as the bird nesting season.
Mitigation measures are taken to reduce impacts, for example by enhancing on-site habitats, using screens to reduce visual disturbance, fencing to prevent wildlife straying into the construction zone, or tunnels under roads to allow wildlife to pass from one side to the other.
Compensation proposals offset the damage to wildlife caused by a development where avoidance and mitigation measures are not sufficient or possible, and might include the creation of new habitat on site or elsewhere. We have considerable expertise in designing wildflower meadow, ponds, reedbeds and woodland
Translocation is carried out when it is not possible to accommodate protected species on all or part of a development site. Animals are captured, often under licence, and released into a suitable receptor site. We can also advise on habitat translocation, for example the relocation of ancient hedgerows.