I have a lot of experience in writing chapters for Environmental Statements and in 2012 I spent about six weeks spread out across the year writing chapters on behalf of a local consultancy run by some friends. They were so successful in winning new work that they had trouble getting it all done, and that’s when I was called in to help out. Instead of working at home, it made sense for me to go into their office, which made a nice change from working alone and I got to spend time with my friends and their staff who are all lovely and super-keen. And we met the deadlines. A win-win situation !
I was commissioned to undertake Phase 1 habitat and NVC survey of an upland fringe site in South Wales. The site is adjacent to an existing wind farm and additional turbines are proposed on the land I surveyed.
Much of the site was occupied by valley mire and marsh habitat included in a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, which made for an interesting if wet survey – it rained heavily on the first day and I spent the rest of the survey squelching through very wet peaty hollows between tussocks of purple moor-grass !
Fortunately, the proposed scheme avoids almost all of the wet habitats on the site, so I’m hopeful that the ecological effects of the project will be minimal in terms of habitats and flora.
Provided technical review, advice and guidance to project teams undertaking update ecological surveys and producing Method Statements for ecological mitigation, including bats and reptiles.
Provided technical review, advice and guidance to project team undertaking update ecological surveys and production of ecology chapter for Environmental Statement for proposed new cross-city tram line.
Construction of the scheme is expected to start in January 2014; further information can be found on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.
I prepared ecological advice and a draft Habitats Regulations Screening report on behalf of Wirral Council in response to the East Float application, the largest planning application ever seen in Europe (at the time). I then assisted Wirral Council in resolving all ecological matters prior to determination of the application, which was successfully consented.
News on implementation of the project can be found on the developer’s website.