22 Jul 2020 BSG Ecology Short-Listed For Brownfield Awards 2020 – Best Biodiversity Enhancement
BSG Ecology is delighted to have been short-listed in the Brownfield Awards’ Best Biodiversity Enhancement category. The Best Biodiversity Enhancement Award is for the “demonstration of respect for local ecosystems in a brownfield project, with long-term planning to enhance biodiversity and amenity value.”
Our submission was for work carried out at Hartington Reclamation Site, Derbyshire which supported foundry waste and a partially restored mine tip. Planning consent was obtained by Tawnywood Ltd in 2017 to reclaim and restore the site to provide land for commercial development.
Our involvement started in 2010, when initial surveys found that the site supported species-rich grassland and open-mosaic habitat, providing good habitats for invertebrates. Given the presence of these features, biodiversity has been a key factor in the design of the project and a programme of mitigation, compensation, biodiversity enhancement and long-term management was put together by BSG Ecology; consultation with Natural England, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Derbyshire County Council was an important part of the project.
Since 2018 significant progress has been made on the mitigation strategy, including the translocation of habitat and materials to two nearby receptor sites (Campbell and Troughbrook Road); new areas of grassland creation and creation of habitat suitable for dingy skipper butterfly; and the creation of wet grassland. Breck Farm Water Meadows, a Local Wildlife Site has also been brought into positive management to enhance the condition of the grassland, hedgerow and ox-bow lakes for aquatic invertebrates and wading birds. In addition, some habitat features are being retained within the remediated Site and habitat for otters and bat roosts will also be created alongside the River Rother.
Our client Roger Caisley commented “We are delighted to be shortlisted. Everyone has worked really hard to bring this brownfield site back into action and to safeguard the biodiversity interests. We are enjoying seeing the new habitats establish on the receptor Sites.”
Short-listing for this award is a credit to the hard work, technical expertise and experience of our staff, including our entomology team. We are looking forward to attending this year’s virtual award ceremony in November 2020.
BSG has a wealth of experience in the minerals sector. Our project experience includes large-scale quarries, quarry extensions, brick pits, gravel pits, secondary open-cast mineral extraction and reclaiming former collieries throughout the UK. We have a detailed understanding of ecology issues at minerals sites and can provide technical input at all stages of a project.
Further information on our work in the minerals sector can be found here: Minerals Capability
If you need ecological support for your project, please don’t hesitate to contact us.