Incorporating Biodiversity in Design

From mitigating development effects to increasing biodiversity value of land, we’re committed to promoting ecologically sustainable development.

This is one aspect of ecological consultancy that EP Ecology is truly passionate about.

Biodiversity loss and human-mediated climate change is coupled with the need for further infrastructural development to house and transport us. We recognise that both of these agendas need to be dealt with and that there is not always a benefit to one where the other is needed.

In our opinion, incorporating biodiversity features in design of new properties and associated infrastructure is of utmost importance and we aim to include enhancements in every project.

Mitigation Design for Developments

As part of any development which affects protected species, habitats or sites, there is a need for mitigation of the effects. This could be simple such as including some bat boxes within a newly built structure, or could be more complex such as modifying the design of SuDS systems to benefit amphibians.

EP Ecology and our associates are highly skilled at producing mitigation design for a variety of developments which facilitate development with minimal negative impact on biodiversity or indeed which promoted biodiversity through successful mitigation efforts.

Biodiversity Enhancement and Habitat Management Plans

If you want your project to go one step further to preserving and enhancing biodiversity, EP Ecology is the company to contact.

We have extensive in-house experience of biodiversity enhancement. We have gained this through volunteering to restore nature reserves and peatlands through incorporating native species and biodiversity-friendly features in our own gardens to preparing biodiversity enhancement plans for clients alongside their planning applications and development portfolios.

Biodiversity enhancement plans and habitat management plans both seek to do broadly the same thing. They both aim to ensure that the habitats and species dependent upon them are retained on a site; that their habitats are enhanced to facilitate continued use; and to increase the number of species which inhabit the project area.

In a development context, these can also be used to microsite the placement of mitigation measures proposed in earlier reports.

My own garden’s transformation for biodiversity showing that I really do practice what I preach.

Get in Touch

Erik Paterson

Email: erik.paterson@epecology.co.uk

Call: 07786 216 918

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