Greengage Environmental were appointed to advise on a range of ecological issues associated with the construction of a 165 home residential development in Elsenham, Essex.

The team’s input included undertaking updated Phase 1 Ecology and Reptile Surveys to inform the production of a Biodiversity Mitigation and Enhancement Plan (BMEP) to discharge several planning conditions. These updated surveys appraised the entire site in terms of potential to support ecological receptors of note, and confirmed presence/absence as appropriate.

The BMEP demonstrated the application of sound ecological knowledge and practice to mitigate damage to, enhance features of and sustainably manage the onsite flora and fauna in the context of the development. This included specific mitigation for reptile and bat populations that stood to be directly impacted by the proposed development.

Greengage have continued to provide onsite advice throughout the works, acting in an Ecological Clerk of Works role and undertaking an extensive reptile relocation programme.