BSG Ecology provides a flexible and tailored ecological survey and advisory service for Local Authorities and other public bodies with regard to their land / property, and support in relation to other biodiversity duties such as Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), wildlife site selection and site management.
We have established long term relationships and are on the approved supplier lists for numerous public bodies, and also regularly provide ecological support services to contractors working under public sector frameworks (such as for the provision of new and refurbished schools and associated facilities in Wales and parts of England).
Ecology Services to Support Policy and Planning
We provide development management advice (including minerals and waste), ecological appraisal of planning applications, independent technical review of ecology chapters in Environmental Statements, interpretation of the relevant country national planning policy (including the NPPF, Planning Policy Wales and Scottish Planning Policy), and accompanying guidance.
We regularly provide and interpret information to assist public bodies in carrying out Habitats Regulations Assessments for plans and projects, in their role as competent authorities, as required under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (as amended).
We provide ecological input to emerging local plan policy and plans, including site survey allocation recommendations, identification of site restoration and management requirements and representation at Examinations in Public (EIP) for plans.
We also have significant experience in providing the role of Ecology Expert Witness representation at public inquiries, planning hearings and EIP for development projects.