Recently, we helped a client with a residential housing estate project in Cheshire comprising over a hundred dwellings and public open space. Our multi—disciplinary team at Ascerta consisting of Ecologists, Arboriculturists, and Landscape Architects produced the following reports and plans as part of the planning stage of the project; an Ecological Impact Assessment, Invasive Species Method Statement, Biodiversity Action Plan, … Read More
Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)
Since 2018 our ecology team have regularly been working with our clients providing support and passing on their knowledge regarding Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG), this has not only created a greater understanding of net gain but has also strengthened our relationships with our clients. One area that has proven very beneficial has been the delivery of presentations that outline the … Read More
Do you know when the best time of year is to conduct Ecology Surveys for Badgers, Bats, Great Crested Newts?
Advance planning of ecology issues is critical to prevent delays both in achieving planning consent and to the overall build programme. Legislation protects many species, for example bats, badgers, breeding birds, water voles, great crested newts and otters. If the correct ecological surveys are not undertaken at the correct time, a developer may be exposed to legal action and inordinate … Read More
Project Success Example: Large Residential Development
We recently assisted a client with clearing a former golf course for a large residential development which involved felling a number of trees as well as scrub clearance. To ensure no nesting birds were harmed during site clearance, our ecologists conducted thorough checks of trees and scrubs to locate any active nests. When active nests were discovered, trees were taped … Read More
Want a quicker route to development (and save some money)?
Speaking to an engineering contact recently served as a good reminder of a service that we should be promoting more actively. Take a piece of land. One of the first things you as a developer will want to do is establish what risks are associated with the site. In other words, what is going to prevent the development of the … Read More