In addition to survey reports (e.g. protected species survey), research reports, and assessment reports (e.g. preliminary ecological appraisal and ecological impact assessment), we can provide industry standard mitigation and management plans to inform all stages of the development process from pre-planning to post-construction. Examples include:
- Ecological opportunities and constraints plan (ECOP) – a summary of the key biological constraints and opportunities presented by the project and how these biodiversity issues will be addressed. It can inform the design stage, decision-making process and feed into a CEMP (see below).
- Construction environmental management plan (CEMP) – provides details and specifications for practical measures intended to avoid or minimise adverse effects on biodiversity (retained habitats and protected species) during the construction process
- Landscape and ecological management plan (LEMP) – provides details and specifications for the management of retained and/or newly-created habitats and other features of biodiversity interest (e.g. protected species) post-construction
In line with the principles underpinning environmental impact assessments (EcIA) process, we will seek to ameliorate the potential impacts of a proposed project by means of the avoidance, mitigation and compensation hierarchy, and provide net benefits for biodiversity (enhancement).