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Ecological Contracting

Complementing our ecological survey and assessment services, our fully licensed in-house ecological contracting team are ready to implement protected species mitigation, compensation and habitat enhancement solutions on your site where suitable habitat is to be lost to development and construction works.

Our qualified staff provide a complete range of cost-effective practical services to fulfill protected species licence requirements and planning conditions, and to enhance your site for wildlife in the long-term. We are also happy to work in unison with your existing site contractors to assist you in meeting any obligations in respect of ecology.

Our team are licensed to work with a range of protected species, such as bats, hazel dormouse and great crested newt, and are also experienced in developing and implementing badger mitigation and compensation solutions. All our staff are committed to safe working practices whilst on site, are Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) certified and hold all relevant qualifications and insurances.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

 

On-site Supervision

  • Ecological Clerk of Works
  • Provision of qualified and licensed ecologists to work alongside site contractors, for example during building demolition, vegetation clearance and/or other construction works which will impact on protected species and their habitats

Vegetation

  • Vegetation clearance using methods that are sensitive towards protected species
  • Habitat enhancement, such as tree planting and wildlife pond construction
  • Habitat management including woodland, scrub, hedgerow and pond management

Bats

  • Supply and erection of bat boxes
  • Destructive search, including roof stripping under licence
  • Toolbox talks for contractors and other site workers in relation to carrying out works that will impact on bat species and their habitats

Otter

  • Artificial holt creation

Badger

  • Badger sett closure under licence
  • Artificial sett design and construction

Hazel Dormouse

  • Habitat clearance under licence
  • Hazel dormouse capture and translocation
  • Supply and erection of dormouse boxes

Water Vole

  • Bank vegetation clearance
  • Artificial burrow creation

Birds

  • Nesting bird survey
  • Vegetation clearance using methods that are sensitive towards nesting bird species
  • Supply and erection of bird boxes
  • Toolbox talks for contractors and other site workers in relation to carrying out works near to or around nesting bird species

Reptiles

  • Reptile capture and translocation
  • Installation of temporary and permanent reptile fencing
  • Destructive search, including hand searching for individuals prior to vegetation removal and soil stripping
  • Hibernacula and log pile creation

Great Crested Newt

  • Great crested newt capture and translocation
  • Installation of temporary and permanent great crested newt fencing with pitfall traps
  • Destructive search, including hand searching for individuals prior to soil stripping
  • Hibernacula creation
  • Pond design and construction

Invertebrates

  • Supply and erection of insect nest boxes
  • Installation of log piles and loggeries

 

For more advice on protected species mitigation solutions or how to improve a site for wildlife, please call 02380 261065 to discuss with one of our ecologists your site requirements, or email info@ecosa.co.uk and we will get in touch.

You can also read more about developing biodiversity in the Other Services section of our website.