27 Jun 2019 BSG Ecology wins CIEEM Best Mitigation and Outstanding Best Practice Awards 2019
We are delighted to announce that BSG Ecology has won the best Small-scale Mitigation Award and Tony Bradshaw Award (for outstanding best practice) from CIEEM, the leading professional membership body representing and supporting professional ecologists and environmental managers. We were also short-listed for the Best Medium Consultancy of the Year award (which we had previously won in 2018).
The awards were won for our work with O&H Hampton and Buglife on brownfield habitat creation at Hampton East, Peterborough. The judges noted that the project demonstrated best practice in terms of habitat creation techniques, sustainability and collaborative working (with the client, the project team and with Buglife who completed some of the monitoring) as well as clear benefits to nature. Monitoring has shown a wide range of plants and invertebrates, including nationally scarce and rare species have colonised the site, and the results have been put into the public domain to inform similar initiatives. The project fell into the ‘small-scale’ category due to the cost effective nature of ecological works, including the mitigation, at the site.
The Tony Bradshaw Award recognizes exceptional projects, and is only made on a discretionary basis. It was a great accolade for BSG, O&H Hampton and Buglife.
Both O&H and Buglife joined us as guests at the awards, and commented:
“The Hamptons is recognised internationally for its nature reserves and its commitment to biodiversity. O&H Properties has a long-term approach to the careful stewardship of our natural resources. But what we have now shown in the latest area of development is that it’s also possible to create a rich ecological environment from scratch which can then be moved in the future, if done in a responsible way. This is an important lesson for all landowners and developers. In 2007 we started with a totally barren area of scraped clay and used it as a test site. We added many different grades of brick, gravel, wood and other materials to replicate a brownfield site and then left nature to get on with it. With surveying and monitoring support from BSG and Buglife, we can now see the thriving ecosystem taking over. It proves our view: build it and nature will come.” (Roger Tallowin & Tobin Rickets, O&H Hampton).
“The brownfield mitigation work in Peterborough has proven to be a very successful and replicable method to create positive homes for wildlife that thrives on the open mosaic habitats found on brownfield sites. Subsequent study shows that done in the right way these sites can play an important role in the long term survival of some of our rarer species, the Black-headed mason wasp was amongst the rare species observed to be thriving on the site. We are delighted that this partnership work with BSG has been recognised by our peers. “(Paul Hetherington, Buglife)
Being highly commended for the Best Medium Scale Consultancy Award for a second successive year provides further recognition of the technical quality of BSG’s work, the commitment of the company to developing its staff and to promoting the profession.
BSG Ecology Partner, Steve Betts said:
“BSG Ecology is absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Best Mitigation and Outstanding Best Practice Awards for 2019 by CIEEM, and to have been shortlisted in the Medium Consultancy of the Year category. These achievements are testament to the tremendous work carried out by our staff, and are particularly rewarding as we are constantly looking to improve the opportunities that we provide to our employees and the quality of the work that we deliver for clients”
If you need ecological support on any of your projects, please contact us.
Summaries of a range of our project work can be viewed here: Project profiles