In spite of another long, cold and wet winter our ecologists have been busier than ever travelling the UK undertaking surveys and supporting our clients. Whilst many animals are hibernating in this time, there have been several notable changes in the world of commercial ecology.
Most importantly, Natural England’s new wildlife licensing policies will have profound effects on the way that consultants and design teams approach mitigation for species such as great crested newt. Built around four key policies, the changes call for a more pragmatic, landscape scale approach to species conservation – the aim being to save time and money for developers.
New guidance has also been prepared by a partnership of professional bodies including CIEEM and CIRIA relating to the provision of biodiversity net gains in development; a useful first step in simplifying the process for development teams, whilst ensuring meaningful gains for nature.
With these new polices, and Spring just around the corner, now is the most important time to schedule in your ecology surveys for 2017 so that key surveys dates are not missed.
For more information on the changes to the wildlife licensing policies, ecological support for planning, or our CPD seminars, please contact our Principal Consultant Morgan Taylor on 0203 544 3995 or firstname.lastname@example.org.