Providing the appropriate form of mitigation is critical for any project in order to minimise the impacts and provide effective wildlife enhancement. Timely implementation of any such mitigation is also often a fundamental part of ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget.
Our staff are experienced and qualified in preparing mitigation strategies and licences in relation to a wide range of species. For species, such as bats, Great Crested Newts and Dormice, a European Protected Species (EPS) Licence may be necessary if the proposed activity is deemed ‘reasonably likely’ to result in an offence under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.
Examples of mitigation we can design and manage the implementation of include:
- Bats: roost exclusion and roost creation in the form of bat boxes and purpose-built bat buildings;
- Dormice: translocation exercises, erection of nest boxes;
- Otters: creation of artificial holts and otter passes;
- Great Crested Newts: erection of amphibian fencing, installation of pitfall traps, translocation exercises and creation of new aquatic and terrestrial habitat;
- Water voles: trapping and translocations, creation of new watercourses, water vole fencing;
- Reptiles: translocation exercises and creation of new habitat e.g. hibernacula;
- Badgers: sett closures, design and installation of artificial setts, underpasses, gates and habitat enhancements;
- Birds: erection of bird boxes and nest sites including creation of Barn Owl lofts and towers;
- Invertebrates: provision of breeding sites (e.g. deadwood piles, insect houses etc.), habitat enhancements