Aspect Ecology seeks to safeguard any ecological interests present, whilst also maximising the area available for development through the careful design and implementation of industry leading mitigation schemes.
Aspect Ecology’s ecologists work closely with our clients to ensure that mitigation measures can, wherever possible, be incorporated within development frameworks. Where achievable, we will work to retain any ecological features or species within the development site, but on occasion where this is not possible, translocation programmes can be designed to relocate species to safer receptor sites in the near surrounds.
We have particular experience in habitat creation, restoration, re-creation and translocation, and our knowledge of the latest research allows us to successfully implement innovative mitigation schemes to facilitate development.
Where protected species are encountered, mitigation works may need to be licensed, typically in England by Natural England. Aspect Ecology’s ecologists regularly obtain licences to implement mitigation schemes, whilst our ecologists also hold class licences in relation to Water Voles, bats and Badgers, allowing certain mitigation measures to be carried out without the need for specific project mitigation licences to be applied for. Recent examples include the closure of Badger setts and creation of new artificial setts, re-development of bat roosts and creation of new roost sites and translocation of Great Crested Newts to newly constructed ponds.
In some cases, licences cannot be issued for works affecting protected species. In these cases, mitigation schemes must rely on defences within the legislation, although schemes can often be agreed with the relevant statutory nature conservation body. Recent examples include in respect of Black Redstart, Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl, Hedgehog, Slow-worm, Common Lizard, Grass Snake and solitary mining bees.
Aspect Ecology’s experienced ecologists provide a range of expert Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) often required during the above mitigation works. Our experience of ecological supervision includes but is not limited to providing ECoW for installing Great Crested Newts and reptile fencing, protected species translocation exercises, ecologically sensitive building demolition, habitat manipulation exercises including hedge, scrub, grass and tree works/removal, installation of faunal enhancements such as bat, bird and Dormouse boxes, creation of faunal enhancements including hibernacula, log piles and refugia, works to sensitive water bodies including pond restoration and habitat enhancement/creation such as protected plants translocation and Open Mosaic Habitat creation. Aspect Ecology can provide bespoke ecological supervision at the forefront of techniques and knowledge being utilised within the industry.