BSG Ecology’s team of over 30 in-house ecologists has worked with the public sector since the practice was established in 1997. We have developed an extensive portfolio of projects during this time. Several of our team members have also worked for local authorities or statutory agencies and this gives us a detailed understanding of public sector needs in an ever-changing administrative, funding and policy environment.
Public Sector Capability
Our team works with and across a range of technical disciplines. Importantly, we offer a flexible service that can be tailored to meet specific needs and budgets, which may range from the provision of one-off assistance to more regular inputs. Examples of services we provide include:
- Provision of a comprehensive suite of ecological surveys for habitats and species including support to the local development planning process.
- Development of non-statutory wildlife site selection criteria and policies.
- Preparation of screening templates for protected species to assist non-ecologist staff to carry out basic ecological site appraisals.
- Preparation and delivery of bespoke training on key issues.
- Guidance on the application of Natural England’s new Standing Advice: South East and Rest of England.
- Biodiversity research for government, SNCOs and local authorities.
- Preparation of biodiversity checklists tailored to your area and local Biodiversity Action Plan.
- Preparation of Biodiversity Action Plans, Biodiversity Implementation and Monitoring Plans for Local Authorities and Biodiversity Forums.
- Conservation management plans for nature reserves.
Ecology, Policy and Planning
We provide a range of ecology services in support of development control and strategic planning services. These include development control advisory and “staff-cover” services, ecological appraisal of planning applications, independent technical review of ecology chapters in Environmental Statements, interpretation of the relevant country national planning policy (including the NPPF), and accompanying guidance including ODPM Circular 06/2005, TAN 5 and PAN 60, and other relevant ecological policy and legislation.
We regularly advise on the preparation and/or interpretation of assessments carried out under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended).
We provide ecological input to emerging local planning policy and plans, including site survey allocation recommendations, identification of site restoration, management requirements and representation at Examinations in Public (EIP).
BSG Ecology has developed significant experience in providing the role of Expert witness representation at public inquiries, planning hearings and EIP.
Project examples and professional references can be provided on request.
If you would like to find out more about how we can help, then please contact our Public Sector Lead, Kirsty Kirkham, Partner in our Derbyshire office in Hathersage (01433-651869). Alternatively you can call your nearest BSG Ecology office or email our general address firstname.lastname@example.org