Ecological Consultancy

C&F ecological consultants have been practicing ecology for over seven years and are full members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).  We specialise in extended phase 1 baseline surveys and bat surveys for development. We can offer an integrated approach to habitat management and protected species surveys to provide early identification of ecological constraints and provide clear and concise solutions to our clients.

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey 

This is a baseline ecology survey that provides an initial assessment of the potential ecological constraints within a site.  It is recommended for all proposed development sites to identify the ecological risk at the early stages of a project.  It involves a desk study of available ecological data, a site walkover and an ecological constraints report providing recommendations for further Phase 2 surveys and their survey timings.  This survey can be undertaken at any time of year if required but the optimal survey period is April- October.


BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) Ecology Assessment 

BREEAM and ‘The Code’ are the benchmark for sustainable building design in commercial and domestic development that offer an opportunity to compare and showcase environmental including ecological credentials for building developments.  C&F Design ecological consultants meet the criteria of a suitably qualified ecologist (SQL) required to undertake BREEAM and CfSH ecological assessment and work with design teams to achieve maximum credits through demonstration of exemplary ecological protection and habitat enhancement.

Specialist Protected Species Surveys and Mitigation;  

·         Bats: Licenced bat workers undertake building/roost inspections bat activity, emergence & endoscope surveys
·         Badger (Meles meles) surveys: Badger surveys and licence applications
·         Breeding bird surveys and watching briefs
·         Dormouse surveys (Muscardinus avellanarius)
·         Great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) surveys
·         Reptile surveys
·         Water vole (Arvicola amphibius) and otter (Lutra lutra) surveys
·         White-clawed crayfish surveys (Austropotamobius pallipes)
·         Invertebrate monitoring and assessment (green roofs)
·         UK BAP Mammal surveys (hedgehogs, brown hare and harvest mouse)

Habitat Creation and Green Roof Systems 

C&F consultants have designed successful native landscaping schemes for wildlife, including wildflower rich habitat, lakes, ponds, reed beds and green roofs.  Our consultants have an excellent knowledge of UK Native plant species and their applications in enhancement schemes and have the all-important ‘hands-on’ experience to successfully realise these enhancement projects.   

C&F consultants have extensive experience in designing of biodiverse green roof systems to maximise wildlife benefit including bird and bat foraging and nesting habitat and invertebrates, which are notably important on green roof habitats.  They have established a number of successful high profile biodiverse green roofs in recent years and are undertaking monitoring of these roofs to further understand the importance of these habitats for our threatened flora and fauna.

Artificial refugia and nesting site for solitary bees, wasps and bugs- colloquially known  as the ‘bug hotel’.  Makes use of rubble, old bricks and timber lying around most gardens and construction sites. Photo taken by Liz Powell

National Vegetation Classification (NVC).  This is a detailed phase 2 habitat survey, which is undertaken where the Phase 1 survey has identified a botanically important area requiring further survey.  Spacehub Consultants can provide the botanical expertise and knowledge of NVC classification to undertake NVC surveys of all lowland habitats. NVC surveys are normally restricted to April to September in order to record maximum plant species diversity.

Other Habitat Surveys

Hedgerow Surveys- Hedgerow surveys are undertaken as a requirement of the Hedgerow Regulations (1997) to identify potentially important hedgerows that could be affected by development. Our consultants have undertaken extensive hedgerow surveys using standard forms to record features to assess the hedgerow importance.  The optimal survey period for hedgerow surveys is between April and June to record vernal flora.

River Corridor Surveys- This is the baseline survey for riparian habitats to assess development impacts within the river corridor. It includes detailed mapping of in stream and riparian habitats, flow types and physical features. Signs of protected species including otter, water vole, birds, dragonflies and invasive species are also recorded.  A detailed sketch map is provided of channel features, bank and adjacent vegetation and cross sections.  It will inform the requirement for further phase 2 vegetation surveys or aquatic protected species surveys.

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