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J Taylor Ecology Consulting has successfully completed numerous ecological projects throughout the UK. Our professional reputation with statutory agencies means that we are able to negotiate effectively between clients and regulators. We have considerable experience in a wide variety of sectors and have the ability to undertake most ecological work through our network of ecological consultants. Some of our more recent project successes are listed below.

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Recent Projects

 

February 2012
 

Bat and Great Crested Newt Appraisal, near Broseley, Shropshire.

We carry out projects nationwide and completed a Bat and Great Crested Newt Assessment recently in Shropshire. We were commissioned to undertake the appraisal in conjunction with the submission of a planning application for the development of a number of residential properties on a former builder’s yard. The proposals included the demolition of a series of brick built buildings and associated ground clearance. A comprehensive desk study was undertaken and biological records obtained from Shropshire Wildlife Trust (Shropshire Ecological Data Network). A bat scoping assessment was then carried out on all the buildings within site, the purpose of which was to establish the potential for bats to be present, either roosting within the building or foraging within the development area. All water bodies within 500m of the proposed development site were assessed for their potential to support great crested newts and a Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) calculated. This assessment produces a figure that evaluates habitat quality and quantity, indicating the suitability of a water body for great crested newts. We were able to provide appropriate mitigation and recommend ecological improvements to increase the biodiversity of the site in the future. The report was submitted to the client within the agreed deadline and the planning application was successfully granted. Find out more about bat and great crested newt surveys.

Bat and Great Crested Newt Appraisal, near Broseley, Shropshire.

January 2012
 

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, near Kings Worthy, Winchester.

J Taylor Ecology Consulting were commissioned to undertake an extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, following an initial assessment undertaken last spring. The survey was required prior to the submission for planning permission for the conversion of a number of barns into residential properties. A full desk study was undertaken; including obtaining records of all previously recorded protected species in the area from the Hampshire Biodiversity Records Centre. A comprehensive site survey was undertaken and the report was successfully submitted to the client ahead of the agreed deadline. Find out more about Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys.

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, near Kings Worthy, Winchester

September 2011
 

Japanese knotweed survey and Management Plan - Coalport, Shropshire.

This project involved a comprehensive survey for alien invasive species within a development site adjacent to the River Severn just downstream from the Ironbridge World Heritage Site. A number of strands of Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam were identified. Subsequently a Management Plan was prepared detailing the recommended methods for eradication, which was particulary challenging given the proximity to the River Severn and the active nature of the site. Find out more about our invasive species service.

Japanese knotweed survey and Management Plan - Coalport, Shropshire.

June 2011
 

Reptile survey and translocation project - Fareham, Hampshire.

This project involved a comprehensive survey for all species of reptile on a proposed housing development site near Fareham. A number of different types of artificial refugia were used, in conjunction with direct observation techniques. A significant number of slow worms were identified within the working area during the period of the survey. Following consultation with Hampshire County Council, a methodology was developed using a combination of translocation and progressive clearance that allowed the development to proceed. This was successfully implemented and the development was completed on time. Find out more about protected species surveys.

Reptile survey and translocation project - Fareham, Hampshire.