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ecology validation appraisal

Introducing Ecology Validation Appraisal (EVA)

We have developed a unique service that provides swift preliminary ecological advice on a project, before encountering the need for more detailed ecological surveys.

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Ecology Survey and Mitigation Calendars

agb Environmental ecologists have prepared two important calendars you may wish to refer to if you’re planning to develop a site with potential for protected species.

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Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

A Guide to a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)

If you aren’t sure whether a PEA is required, agb Environmental have released EVA (Ecological Validation Appraisal), a unique service aimed at providing you with a clear steer on whether the Local Planning Authority will be seeking a PEA.

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bat activity survey

What are Bat Activity Surveys?

Even if you don’t have bat roosting potential on your development site, you may still have habitats that support bat commuting and foraging. This will require a bat activity survey.

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Career Opportunity – Graduate / Assistant Ecologist

agb Environmental is seeking a Graduate / Assistant Ecologist to be based at our Newmarket, Suffolk office.

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great crested newt surveys

Forgot the Great Crested Newt?

Whilst the window for traditional survey methods has now passed, agb Environmental can offer environmental-DNA (eDNA) surveys instead, with the survey window open until the end of June.

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Ground Investigation Techniques

Ground Investigation Techniques – Trial Pits

Ground investigation techniques vary depending on the objectives of the investigation, the strata, and logistical factors such as access. To assist with understanding what factors contribute to the decision on which technique to use, we have prepared a briefing note on the use of trial pits.

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water vole survey

Changes to the Water Vole Survey Seasons

Water vole surveys may be required if your development project may impact any watercourse or ditch. The requirement for water vole surveys will be indicted within a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal.

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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 […]

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bat roost surveys

Do you need a Bat Roost Surveys?

The bat roost survey season is upon us and the agb Environmental team of ecologists are ready with their various bat detectors to turn slightly nocturnal themselves!

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free survey screening

Do I really need that survey for planning?

Our technical teams offer a free screening opinion on the most common environmental surveys. All we need is the information you have on the project, and we can provide a reasoned explanation of why various surveys may, or may not be required.

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Dynamic Sampling

Ground Investigation Techniques – Dynamic Sampling

Ground investigation techniques vary depending on the objectives of the investigation, the strata, and logistical factors such as access. To assist with understanding what factors contribute to the decision on which technique to use, we have prepared a briefing note on the use of dynamic sampling techniques.

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Multidisciplinary Environmental Services

Spend more time on the issues that matter to your development project

We’ve been listening to our clients and you’ve made clear that spending time managing technical surveys is not considered time well spent. In fact, it can be a significant distraction and source of unnecessary complication, reducing your ability to focus on the issues that are important to you. Based on this feedback, we’ve developed a unique multidisciplinary offering.

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We are seeking Part-Time Seasonal Ecologists

Are you interested in getting paid experience within ecology? agb Environmental are seeking two or three seasonal ecologists to assist with surveys between May and September 2017.

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Open CPD on Ecology, Protected Species and the Planning Regime – Canterbury – 13th April 2017

Open CPD on Ecology, Protected Species and the Planning Regime University of Kent, Canterbury 13th April 2017 12:15 to 14:30 Ecology is one of the environmental surveys for which Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) require a significant amount of information upfront, prior to validating planning applications. Even once planning has been achieved, complex licensing and mitigation […]

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reptile survey

Now is the time for: Reptile surveys

If you have scrub, rough grassland or log piles within your site, then you may need surveys to determine if your site supports reptiles.

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dormouse surveys

Now is the time for: Dormouse surveys

With the warming spring air, hazel dormice are likely to emerge from hibernation in the coming months. That means it’s time to start thinking about the dormouse surveys season starting again in April.

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great crested newt surveys

Now is the Time for: Great crested Newt Surveys

At this time of year our ecologists are preparing themselves for several busy months of surveying. Particularly with the great crested newt survey season upon us.

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bats and birds

Bats and Birds in Trees

Birds and bats are the two animals most likely to be an issue when carrying out tree work. For nesting birds, it’s often obvious when they are there and the approach is straightforward. For roosting bats, it’s not nearly so clear cut.

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Ecology Surveys

Ecology: The Time is Right (Now)

Our team of ecologists are often asked how to best avoid the costs and delays associated with the seasonality of ecology surveys.

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Breeding Bird Surveys

Breeding Bird Surveys

With January now behind us, thoughts can now turn to spring, and the variety of ecology surveys that can begin taking place, including breeding bird surveys.

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Ground Investigation Techniques – Hand Sampling

Ground investigation techniques vary depending on the objectives of the investigation, the strata, and logistical factors such as access.

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Badgers and Development Projects

The badger is a familiar face in the English countryside, but when it comes to development projects, they can become a cause for concern and the need for a badger survey.

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Environmental Surveys

Reduce the time, cost and complexity of environmental surveys

agb Environmental is an environmental consultancy specialising in multi-service, multi-site development projects. We provide comprehensive environmental site assessment and coordinated constraints management.

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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.

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Trees: Don’t Forget Your Neighbours

When developing a site, where trees make life difficult, you may be able to take them out to fit your layout, but you have little control over trees beyond your boundaries. What do you need to know when it comes to your neighbours’ trees?

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Christmas Opening Hours

The team at agb Environmental wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Just a reminder the Newmarket and London offices will have limited staffing between Thursday 22nd December 2016 and Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

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Arboricultural Impact Assessments and Tree Surveys

You’re all set to start planning your development, or maybe submit the planning application, when you’re told you need a tree survey. Who do you need to ask, and what is it you need from them?

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CPD Ecology

CPD on Ecology, Protected Species and the Planning Regime

We have developed an hour long CPD seminar to offer some insight into the process of engaging, managing and understanding ecology surveys.

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contaminated land

Contaminated Land: The Phase 1 Desk Study

The contaminated land assessment process enables the developer to demonstrate that the site is safe and suitable for the proposed use. This is achieved through the planning system, at application stage, and through relevant planning conditions.

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hibernating bats

Hibernating bats

If you’re planning works to buildings or underground structures, you are likely to need an ecologist to assess the potential for hibernating bats.

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Wintering Bird Surveys

Wintering bird surveys

As the mild autumn temperatures that we’ve been enjoying are starting to fade and the colder weather sets in, birds will be migrating to their winter grounds from northern latitudes.

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bonfire night

Guide to a Wildlife Friendly Bonfire Night

With Bonfire Night fast approaching, agb Environmental have put together these top tips to help you avoid harming animals.

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planning a ground investigation

Planning a Ground Investigation? Some tips for a smooth ride!

Having managed hundreds of ground investigations on a very wide range of different site types, we have compiled our list of the most common challenges to achieving a smooth ride.

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ground investigation

Lump Sum Fees for Ground Investigations

At agb Environmental we believe in challenging the status quo to ensure our clients receive the best possible service. One example of this is our approach of providing lump sum fee proposals for ground investigations.

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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 […]

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ecology surveys

Declining Dormouse populations highlights importance of development ecology surveys

A new report published this month by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species highlights the serious rate of decline in dormouse numbers across England and Wales, since the turn of the century. With loss and fragmentation quoted as being one of three key factors in this decline, it is more important than ever that this […]

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tree roots

Don’t stumble over tree roots!

Planning permission has at last been granted on a site where trees have provided a stumbling block for at least two years, following the use of radar by agb Environmental’s specialist arboricultural team.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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protected species

Protected Species Surveys: Crayfish

With two licensed white-clawed crayfish ecologists on the team, agb Environmental provides some detail on why and when crayfish surveys should be undertaken.

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Ecology Surveys

Ecology Surveys: End of Season Special

With September fast approaching, we are rapidly moving through the closing months and weeks of various ecological survey seasons. With that in mind, we’re urging clients to consider accelerating project surveys in order to meet the survey deadlines.

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Ground Gas

Contaminated Land: Ground Gas

agb Environmental has significant experience of assessing and remediation get the risks posed by ground gasses. To understand more about ground gasses, get in touch with our team.

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WISE

Supporting Women in Science, Technology and Engineering

agb Environmental is proud to announce the support of the Women in Science, Technology and Engineering, WISE Campaign. We believe it is crucial for our sector to recognise the importance of a diverse workforce. This is not just in our business but across the industry too. WISE inspires girls and women to study and build careers […]

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Environmental Surveys: CPD for Architects

Following positive feedback from the most recent round of CPD seminars, agb Environmental is pleased to announce the wider rollout of the Environmental Surveys Continued Professional Development (CPD) seminar for architectural firms.

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ecology

Increased Ecology Capabilities

agb Environmental is pleased to announce that Cassie Todd and Claire Browne will be joining the ecology team in August 2016.

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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.

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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 […]

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Ground Investigations at Schools

With the school summer holidays nearly upon us, the team at agb Environmental is urging clients working on school schemes to consider the benefits of undertaking ground investigations whilst the children aren’t there.

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Successful Tree Retention in Development

Trees can be a real asset to a development. Keeping existing trees, or planting new ones can help both to gain planning approval and to sell the properties. But it’s not just a simple case of keeping trees where they aren’t directly in the way, or planting new trees wherever there is space.

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Made Ground

Ground Investigations: Made Ground

It’s very rare that a ground investigation on a potential development site doesn’t identify at least some depth of ‘Made Ground’ overlying natural geological deposits, but what is Made Ground, and how does it affect a development?

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When to Consider Land Contamination

With the assessment of potential land contamination being a key part of the planning processes, it is important to consider how best to approach this element of your project.

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