Biodiversity Enhancement

EP Ecology are specialists in incorporating biodiversity in design.

We believe every development project should maximise its potential for biodiversity.

The new National Planning Policy Framework supports this view, and we would be happy to help clients realise their projects biodiversity potential.

Biodiversity Enhancement 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 developments and even old infrastructure is of utmost importance and we aim to include enhancement options in every project.

The newest revision of Scotland’s National Planning Policy Framework also supports incorporating biodiversity in design. Designing in biodiversity measures from the start if your project will help you in the long run – we can help you with this.

Biodiversity Enhancement Plans

If you want your project to go one step further to preserving and enhancing biodiversity, EP Ecology can help.

Our team has 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 commercial 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 population sizes and diversity 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.