Habitat Management Plan Capability
BSG Ecology has written management plans for a wide variety of habitats and in relation to many different projects. We have a clear understanding of what makes a good plan: it needs to be informed by detailed knowledge of the site concerned; have clear objectives, rationale and structure; be easy to understand and practical to implement. Many of our staff have experience of land management and of integrating ecologically valuable ‘green infrastructure’ into the design of projects.
Ecological / Habitat Management Plans can take a variety of forms but most fall into two broad categories: Protected Areas and Designated Sites; and those which accompany development proposals.
Management Planning for Designated Sites
BSG Ecology has prepared numerous management plans for nature reserves and country parks (which are primarily a recreational resource), from small areas of wetland, hay meadow and woodland, to complex plans for sites supporting a diverse range of habitats.
BSG Ecology has substantial experience of preparing plans for habitat restoration in sensitive areas, including sites located within Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and National Parks. BSG Ecology also has experience of large-scale habitat restoration of brownfield sites.
BSG Ecology have also produced management plans for various Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Wildlife Sites, often for sites owned and managed by Local Authorities.
Management Planning in Association with Development
Ecological Management Plans which detail habitat protection, restoration and creation measures are increasingly required in support of commercial development. These set out mitigation, compensation and/or enhancement measures, and may contribute to green infrastructure or tie in with local biodiversity objectives. They are driven by planning policy and, with regard to large development, consultee expectations.