Biodiversity
  • Our in house “Suitably Qualified Ecologists” undertake biodiversity surveys and evaluate the ecological value of sites prior to clearance works. Our enhancement recommendations including appropriate wildlife planting and features to encourage local BAP species to help our clients meet their obligations for BREEAM/CSH. We also work with the design team to provide the necessary professional advice on cost, timescale and meeting planning policy. Our Biodiversity Management Plans provide details for the successful establishment and long term management of habitats and biodiversity features on-site. We undertake site visits during construction to monitor the protection of ecological features and provide bespoke ecology training workshops to construction contractors and site managers. Our Biodiversity Reports are compliant with the CSH and BREEAM Land Use & Ecology credits, plus LEED and CEEQUAL requirements and can be submitted as part of documentary evidence.

  • Green Infrastructure describes the strategically planned network of multifunctional green space that exists in our towns and cities. Our urban ecologists have a wealth of knowledge surrounding the design and implementation of innovative Green Infrastructure (GI) solutions for developments across London and the UK, undertaking GI Audits and producing GI Strategies. We work with design teams to provide bespoke GI advice and design that can feed into site wide management plans, address planning conditions or complement CSR targets, building on our understanding of UK wide policy drivers and Local Authority requirements.

    We also develop detailed specifications to ensure living roofs (Green and Brown Roofs) are designed and built to provide biodiversity opportunities for flora and fauna that complement local Biodiversity Action Plans and meet local planning policy. Our biodiverse roof specifications include a mix and depth that is most appropriate for the locality and building type. We advise on seed and plant lists of locally prominent species that have wildlife value and promote appropriate wildlife features to encourage locally important invertebrates, birds and other wildlife. We work with architects and landscape teams to maximise the number of CSH and BREEAM Land Use & Ecology credits available.

  • In accordance with UK legislation and policy, biodiversity must be protected, conserved and enhanced. Accurate classification of habitats, flora and fauna at a site is therefore a key consideration in the development process. We have extensive experience of undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (otherwise known as Phase 1 Ecology Surveys or Biodiversity Assessments). We identify ecological features on site, the potential for the site to support protected species, note any invasive flora and advise on mitigation, compensation and enhancement measures. These surveys and the accompanying reports are suitable to support planning submissions and EIA, and form the basis of biodiversity strategies.

  • Following baseline biodiversity surveys, our ecology experts will undertake a detailed analysis of a site’s ecological quality and significance. Our team can identify and quantify the potential ecological impacts associated with a proposed development; and recommend measures to avoid, reduce or mitigate against potential impacts and enhance biodiversity value. The findings are presented in an Ecology Chapter as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). We also provide strategic advice and support regarding development and the need to undertake Appropriate Assessment as part of a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA), should your development stand to impact a European designated site.

  • We assess the potential for statutorily protected, rare or notable species to be present on-site. Where required we can coordinate and undertake further specialised surveys to confirm their presence/likely absence and abundance. Particularly, we offer support throughout the planning process providing a range of bat survey types including Emergence/Re-entry Surveys, Activity Surveys and Preliminary Roost Assessment Surveys. Greengage hold a Natural England Class Bat Survey Licence enabling detailed assessments of development sites. Our experience with bats and the built form allows bespoke and focussed advice through the creation of mitigation strategies and European Protected Species Mitigation Licencing support.

    Among others, we also offer specialist Reptile, Dormice, Great Crested Newt and Water Vole surveys. Many protected species surveys are seasonally constrained and we can provide advice on what surveys can be carried out over the year and how this may influence the planning and construction programme. We strongly advise that early consultation with us is sought to avoid delays to the project programme.

  • We carry out ecology training for construction teams and conduct site visits during construction to monitor the protection and enhancement of ecological features on sites. We also provide an Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) watching brief role that is required to comply with legislation or the discharge of planning conditions, and support the achievement of BREEAM/CSH/LEED/CEEQUAL credits.

  • Greengage are experienced in undertaking Ecosystem Service Valuation (ESV) assessments using a range of tools including the Green Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit and iTree. Such assessments can assess a sites value with respect to ecosystem service provision, such as carbon sequestration, flood water attenuation, biodiversity gain and urban heat island effect reduction. Benefits can be described in financial terms or through qualitative appraisals. ESV can help identify climate resilience risk factors and inform actions for management and intervention at sites, either to support new development and planning requirements, or contribute towards CSR objectives.

  • We use our ecological landscaping expertise to create biodiversity strategies for masterplanning of large and small developments. These promote; biodiverse landscapes, integration of “blue” and “green” infrastructure, adaptation to climate change, reduction of surface water flooding and minimisation of the heat island effect. We also identify habitat restoration and creation requirements (including naturalised amenity and play space) and provide bespoke, multifunctional solutions, tailored to the location and mix of the proposed development. The strategies will call on the findings from the suite of baseline surveys and will provide all necessary mitigation, compensation, enhancement, management and monitoring requirements for the site.

  • Greengage have experience in the production and support on Corporate Biodiversity Strategies and Biodiversity Action Plans. We have worked on several major urban estates, designing long term nature conservation targets which reflect wider sustainability strategies. As part of this we have utilised our ecological survey experience alongside innovative ecosystem service valuation techniques, GIS mapping and sustainability, energy efficiency and arboricultural expertise to provide holistic Climate Change Resilience Plans. We have also supported in the production of industry and academic guidance on urban biodiversity and green infrastructure. Greengage run corporate training sessions for green infrastructure and biodiversity and can help encourage businesses engagement with nature.

Morgan Taylor

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