Developers may, understandably, think it sensible to use netting to stop birds nesting in trees they may have to lop or fell, or which could suffer damage during construction work. It is perfectly legal to do this, but both the RSPB and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (ICEEM) advise against it. The…
Local planning authorities insist on a full ecological impact assessment before they will validate a planning application. But time can be an issue – so it is important to start the process as quickly as possible. Preliminary Ecological Appraisal This is the first stage of the ecological assessment process, and nearly every site needs this…
Putting new hard surfacing around a tree can be a stumbling block when it comes to a planning application, but with the correct approach, it needn’t trip you up.
We have established CPD Seminars to help up-skill your team when it comes to navigating environmental surveys for development. The Seminars cover various issues such as risks, timescales and design implications, and they offer practical guidance for your own workload and development.
Ecology is perhaps one of the few technical surveys that has the potential to cause significant delays, costs and complications to a project. To help navigate through this complex technical field, we have established an in depth Continued Professional Development (CPD) that considers ecology.
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.
We have developed a unique service that provides swift preliminary ecological advice on a project, before encountering the need for more detailed ecological surveys.
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…
If you have scrub, rough grassland or log piles within your site, then you may need surveys to determine if your site supports reptiles.
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.
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.
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.
Our team of ecologists are often asked how to best avoid the costs and delays associated with the seasonality of ecology surveys.
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.
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.
We have developed an hour long CPD seminar to offer some insight into the process of engaging, managing and understanding ecology surveys.
With Bonfire Night fast approaching, agb Environmental have put together these top tips to help you avoid harming animals.
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…
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…
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…
With two licensed white-clawed crayfish ecologists on the team, agb Environmental provides some detail on why and when crayfish surveys should be undertaken.
The deadline to start a dormouse survey for a 2015 finish is fast approaching! Secure your development by arranging a dormouse survey and contacting agb Environmental before it’s too late.
agb Environmental ecologists are now fully trained and licensed to use this brand new survey technique, which can determine whether great crested newts (GCN) are present or likely to be absent from ponds – using just a water sample!
There are various reptile species in the United Kingdom and they are all legally protected: Two rare species under European legislation, and the widespread reptile species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Local Planning Authorities will require a survey if there is potential for reptiles to be using your site. Now is the time to…
When planning new developments there are many different rules and regulations for you to abide by, including ones that may not be so well known to you or necessarily at the top of your priorities. However, they are crucial for your plans to achieve planning permission and to provide the information that the LPA need…
As it’s already March, it is important for anyone who is purchasing land, or applying for planning permission, to find out if they need a Great Crested Newt (GCN) survey as soon as possible to avoid lengthy delays as a result of a strict narrow survey season.
In April 2014, the Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) enabled conversion of some agricultural buildings to residential without a full planning application.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) recently published their response to the consultation on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) thresholds, with new regulations likely to be set early in 2015.
agb Environmental would like to remind developers that the bat survey season is drawing to a close.
Local Planning Authorities in England can now assess whether a proposed development is likely to impact a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by using Natural England’s new tool.
The new British Standard (BS42020) for Biodiversity will help clients to compare quotes and levels of service that ecologists provide them. agb Environmental welcomes the new code, as it will set standards across the ecology board.
For the first time in a bat crime case, an offender has been referred to the Crown Court for sentencing. agb Environmental warns clients that failing to adhere to bat survey findings is a criminal offence.
Avoid delay on your development by scheduling ecology surveys when required. For further information please contact our in-house ecology team.
agb Environmental reminds developers that GCN surveys are still required, after NE announces a step forward in the detection and protection process.
agb Environmental argues ecology assessments are just as important as ever, after Governmental cutbacks look set to force the Environment Agency to reduce the advice it gives to developers. This may create a risk of ecology not being appropriately considered at the right time in a development.
After introducing a charging system to the pre application advice service, a currently free of charge provision, the Environment Agency (EA) has been met with many questions and concerns.