Barratt West Midlands – Bat & great crested newt surveys, European Protected Species Licences, Mitigation
Worcestershire Wildlife Consultancy (WWC) undertook a series of bat hibernation surveys, dusk emergence and dawn entry surveys of redundant buildings at Yarnfield Park, Staffordshire for Barratt West Midlands. These surveys revealed the presence of summer, maternity roosts for common pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats in a dilapidated accommodation block as well as summer, non-maternity roosts for common and soprano pipistrelle bats in a disused office block. Surveys undertaken by WWC for great crested newts revealed the presence of a small population in a nearby pond. Consequently, European Protected Species licences for bats and great crested newts were successfully applied for and appropriate mitigation was devised for both species in terms of timing of works and habitat enhancement measures. For the bats several dedicated free-standing bat lofts were designed within the new residential development in addition to raised ridge tiles and bat tubes to provide replacement roosting features. Future monitoring of the bat lofts and other roosting features is planned to assess how effective the mitigation has been.
Countryside and Rights Of Way Act Appeal Sites Survey
The WTC, co-ordinated by EMEC Ecology, undertook landscape and ecology surveys of over 2000 areas of ‘Open Country’ across England, for Natural England (through Halcrow Group).These surveys were required to inform the Countryside & Rights of Way Act access appeals procedure, by determining if particular parcels of land met criteria for ‘Open County’.
The work involved ten WTC offices and over thirty trained surveyors.
Highways Agency : Otter Mitigation Research
The WTC, co-ordinated by EMEC Ecology, undertook a major national survey of roads which cross waterways for Highways England (through Halcrow Group).
The survey included over 1500 river crossings across 21 English counties.
The aim was to identify potential danger points for the growing Otter population and advise on ways in which road casualties could be minimised.
The surveys involved specially trained surveyors from nine WTC offices providing national coverage with local experts