11 Apr BSG Ecology Short Listed For Two Prestigious CIEEM Awards
BSG Ecology is delighted to have been short-listed for two prestigious CIEEM awards; Medium Scale Consultancy of the Year and the Small Scale Mitigation and Enhancement Award.
Having won the Medium Scale Consultancy of the Year award in 2018, it is very exciting to be short-listed for a second year. The award is for companies employing between 11 and 40 ecologists, and recognises both BSG Ecology’s high quality technical work, and our demonstrable commitment to the delivery of high-quality practical outcomes that benefit business and the economy as well as nature and/or people’s connection with nature. It also shows our commitment to the professional development of our staff through training and mentoring, and reflects our contributions in sharing learning and good practice with clients and peers, and our involvement in the promotion of ecological consultancy as a profession.
The Small Scale Mitigation and Enhancement Award is for projects that demonstrate innovative use of mitigation/enhancement techniques, promote biodiversity gain and sustainable development, and represent a good return on developer investment (overall ecological spend cannot exceed £100,000). Our submission was based on the package of mitigation associated with the remediation of O&H Hampton’s Hampton East project, Peterborough. To mitigate for the loss of scattered brownfield habitat, a mosaic of open habitats was created; on site plant and novel techniques were used, with the works costing approximately £7,000 in total. Monitoring completed in conjunction with Buglife has demonstrated that a rich invertebrate assemblage featuring a number of nationally rare and notable invertebrate species now occurs on site, and that considerable biodiversity gain has been delivered at very little cost. The knowledge gained from the work can be used both to inform future habitat creation techniques and to demonstrate confidence in the likely success of proposals.
Sarah Henshall, then Lead Invertebrate Ecologist at Buglife commented on the Hampton East project, “This project has added to our knowledge base of how we can recreate suitable conditions for invertebrates and is one of the few demonstration sites with monitoring that others can refer to. It is also good to see developers and their consultants taking the opportunity to trial approaches to creating brownfield habitat and to invest time and money in monitoring the result of the work.”
The results of monitoring have been made available on our research page.
Being short-listed for both of these awards is a credit to the hard work, expertise and determination of our staff across our six UK offices. We are looking forward to attending the award ceremony in London on 27 June 2019.
If you need advice on ecological survey, mitigation, assessment or licensing, please don’t hesitate to contact us.