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root protection areas

Root Protection Areas: No Go Zones?

To understand Root Protection Areas (RPAs), first we must understand how the RPA is calculated. The British Standard (BS5937: Trees in Relation to Construction and Demolition – Recommendations) sets out that the radius of an RPA from a tree is calculated as twelve times the diameter of that tree as measured at 1.5m high. Inevitably…
water vole mitigation

Water Vole Mitigation

agb Environmental has the specialist teams to help survey for and mitigate the impacts of any developments to near water vole habitat. Should you have any projects where water voles may be a constraint, or where you may require any further ecology or protected species surveys, please get in touch.
ecologists

Winter hibernation? Not for our ecologists!

With winter fast approaching (is your Christmas party booked yet?), you may be forgiven for thinking that our ecologists are considering hibernation. It’s true that the winter period is generally the season that ecologists manage to get a lie in (no more dawn surveys). And manage to leave work at a normal time (no more…
ecology surveys winter

Dare we say it… summer is coming to an end

With the majority of protected species surveys completed, the question turns to what our team of ecologists will be doing in winter. Will all development has to wait until the new season? Several UK species hibernate, migrate or reduce their activity during the cold weather over the winter months. This applies to bats, dormice, reptiles and…
water vole mitigation

Protected Species Surveys: Water Vole

New water vole mitigation guidelines for development and construction projects were published in April 2016. Our Ecologists at agb Environmental have provided a useful overview of these guidelines and the key changes and recommendations. The water vole is one of the UK’s fastest declining wild mammals. It is listed as a species of principal importance for…
arboricultural surveys

Arboricultural surveys and tree works

Getting a tree survey is just the first step of what can sometimes be a lengthy process, particularly if there are complications, or if things go wrong. You’ve found the arboriculturist to provide the survey, but now you need a contractor, and maybe an ecologist and landscaper too.
Arboricultural Surveys CPD

Arboricultural Surveys CPD

Following positive feedback from clients on our Trees in Development CPD, agb Environmental are now offering a seminar on Arboricultural Surveys CPD. The CPD course is designed for construction professionals, and is ideally suited to property consultants and architects. The presentation lasts approximately one hour, and we have found that a question and answer session…