BSG Ecology works closely with the client team, Local Planning Authorities and other key stakeholders to retain and integrate key biodiversity assets into development; often an essential step towards achieving planning consent.
We have a proven understanding of legislation and good practice guidance, requirements for mitigation including protected species licencing and Public Inquiry expert witness experience. This means that we can effectively scope likely survey requirements to ensure that ecology work is appropriate and proportionate to the likely effects of the scheme.
We have a large team of specialist ecologists, many of whom have significant experience of ecological assessment for the residential and commercial developments sectors, and who are supplemented by a network of regionally based specialist sub-contractors.
BSG Ecology provides a complete ecology service, from pre-land acquisition feasibility studies, to fieldwork and baseline survey, ecological impact assessment and implementation of planning conditions.
Key areas of expertise within this sector include:
- Proactive engagement with the master-planning process, often working within multi-disciplinary teams. We have extensive experience of problem solving, dealing with complex licencing issues, providing practical advice and project delivery.
- Detailed assessment of impacts upon European Sites as part of the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) process. The service includes collection of baseline survey data, screening reports, and shadow Appropriate Assessment for plans and projects that include major infrastructure developments and LPA Core Strategies.