BSG Ecology has a wealth of experience in the minerals sector. We provide advice on a variety of prospective minerals planning applications, provide on-site support during extraction activities and advise and assist with the implementation of post-extraction restoration.

Minerals Capability

We have a detailed understanding of ecology issues at minerals sites and can provide technical input at all stages of a project. 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. BSG Ecology is an active member of the Minerals Products Association.

We provide ecological advice on:

  • Minerals planning applications, including new mineral extraction, quarry extensions, and re-development of former mineral sites for secondary material extraction and for housing development;
  • Consolidation planning applications and time extension applications;
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Screening and Appropriate Assessment;
  • Reviewing and updating of old mineral planning permission conditions (ROMPs);
  • Site restoration and management of biodiversity.

Ecology Consultancy Services

Our consultancy services include:

  • Preliminary site appraisal – to enable early understanding of likely survey requirements, costs and project risk;
  • Ecological survey – including extended Phase 1 habitat survey, protected species survey and botanical survey;
  • Advice on protected species mitigation and licensing;
  • Technical reporting – Input to multi-disciplinary scoping reports, the preparation of technical ecology reports;
  • Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA);
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) advice, including the preparation of technical reports and consultation;
  • Stakeholder liaison and negotiation – working closely with consultees on an advisory level to refine survey scope and agree proportionate mitigation and habitat management / creation measures;
  • Expert witness services at Public Inquiry;
  • Review of planning conditions and obligations;
  • Ecological advice for restoration proposals;
  • Production of Biodiversity Management Plans for both active and restored mineral sites.