28 Oct 2011 Wildlife and Development on Jersey
Jersey’s Island Plan came into force in June 2011, carrying with it clear statements about the importance of protecting, promoting and enhancing the natural environment. It also makes clear a requirement to support planning applications that might affect important or protected biodiversity sites with an appropriate level of ecological information.
Ecologists from BSG are involved in ecological assessment work on Jersey and have gained valuable experience of Jersey’s wildlife legislation and planning policies.
Jersey has its own wildlife legislation: the Conservation of Wildlife (Jersey) Law (2000). A number of species are subject to protection under this law and need to be given careful consideration when planning a development. Proposals which could affect such species can be expected to be subject to particular scrutiny through the planning process (see, for instance, Policy NE2 of the Island Plan ).
Jersey’s island status has resulted in the evolution of an endemic small mammal sub-species; the Jersey vole. This is a larger version of the common bank vole found in Britain and mainland Europe. Both the Jersey vole and its habitat are protected by Jersey law, so establishing its status on a development site is crucial to the design of the scheme and, if required, to the development of appropriate mitigation.
Ed Austin, a Senior Ecologist from our Oxford office, recently completed a programme of live-trapping on a former agricultural site near St Helier to establish the presence or likely absence of small mammal species; particularly Jersey vole. Ed was granted a licence from the States of Jersey Environment Department to permit the taking and marking of such protected small mammal species.
This is one of a number of projects that BSG has completed or is involved with in the Channel Islands. Principal Ecologist Helen Evriviades has recently undertaken an ecological appraisal of a complex site in the east of the island and has been liaising closely with the client and the Environment Team at the Jersey Environment Department to progress an appropriate scope of survey and mitigation for the proposed development.
If you are considering the promotion of a development site in the Channel Islands please get in touch and we will be delighted to discuss the scope of ecological input that it might need.
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