Ecology & Wildlife

Heron - Land and Heritage

We provide a wide range of ecological advice and practical help underpinned by years of extensive field experience. We pride ourselves on providing practical ways of integrating the needs of wildlife and other land uses. Our contracts cover from small developments for private landowners through to working on large civil engineering contracts, as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team.

Works include

  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisal for development schemes

  • Protected species surveys, by licence holders, which may be required. Surveys can include reptiles and amphibians, bats, dormice, badgers and birds

  • Ecological Impact Assessment chapters for EIA’s

  • Recreational and other Impact Assessments for Protected Sites and the provision of Suitable Accessible Natural Green Space (SANGS)

  • Specialised surveys and support required for larger Countryside Stewardship schemes and enhancement works. This may include reviews integrated into woodland management plans for large estates, or specialised advice and support for protected species

  • We provide staff to work as ecological clerks of works on construction projects

These services are backed up by our contracting division which can undertake or project manage implementation of a wide range of schemes. These can include habitat translocation, reinstatement of heathland, creation and establishment of aquatic habitats, and a wide range of woodland management and creation schemes.

Case Studies

A selection of our case studies can be found below

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  • Plymouth History Centre 2017

    £20m extension to Plymouth Museum and Library. Protected Species Surveys found roosting pipistrelle bats and nesting birds at this city centre location. Suitable mitigation and ecological enhancement measures have been incorporated into the Scheme design to enable planning permission to be successfully obtained
  • Allenstyle, North Devon 2015

    Wildlife surveys at this 3 hectare housing development site identified important hedgerows and trees supporting breeding birds and bats. Working with the design team, we were able to protect all the key features of the site, within minimal impacts. Mitigation and ecological enhancement measures have included tree and hedgerow planting and the traditional management of existing hedges. The planning application was successful.
  • Raby Estate, Shropshire 2015

    An overview ecological survey of a 350 hectares commercial forestry estate. The survey identified sensitive areas of higher conservation value, and recommended adjustments to future management within the commercial context. The results also assisted the estate managers maintain legal compliance with recent protected species legislation.