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.
We have developed a unique service that provides swift preliminary ecological advice on a project, before encountering the need for more detailed ecological surveys.
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.
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…
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.
Ground investigation techniques vary depending on the objectives of the investigation, the strata, and logistical factors such as access.
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?
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.
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.
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?
We have developed an hour long CPD seminar to offer some insight into the process of engaging, managing and understanding ecology surveys.
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.
If you’re planning works to buildings or underground structures, you are likely to need an ecologist to assess the potential for hibernating bats.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
agb Environmental is pleased to announce that Cassie Todd and Claire Browne will be joining the ecology team in August 2016.
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.
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?
You’ve had your tree survey done. You’ve got permission from the Council to prune or remove trees. Nothing to stop you getting on with the job now, surely?
agb Environmental provided ecological advice to the Natural Trust in their award winning Wimpole Hall Gothic Tower restoration project.
Following positive feedback from several clients on our Ground Investigation CPD, agb Environmental are now offering an hour long seminar on Ground Investigations.
Accurate plotting of trees is an essential part of any development survey. By making sure your topographic survey covers trees suitably, you won’t also need to pay for your Arboriculturist to plot them as well.
We are regularly asked for a “soil test”, but are all soil tests created equal?
The agb Environmental Geo Team has grown significantly over the past few years, both in numbers, but also in the range of services we offer. We have achieved this through targeted hiring, formal training and project experience.
On the 7th December 2015, Defra published a draft code of practice which sets out how the government will use species control provisions in England.
When building near trees, you need to consider both how your building may damage roots, and how roots may damage your building. You can’t usually see where they are until you start digging, so how can you plan your development to take roots in to account?
When building near trees, there are several factors that can influence where and how far consideration will need to be given to roots.
After a flurry of frantic bat, great crested newt, reptile, dormice and water vole surveys throughout the 2015 ecology survey season, we have been asked (on more than one occasion) what our ecologists do during the Winter months.
In accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), a site-specific Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) should be both proportionate to the degree of flood risk, and appropriate to the scale, nature and location of the proposed development.
Find out the top three reasons why combining technical services with one consultancy can benefit your development.
The NHBC is currently highlighting the need to consider trees and ground conditions when planning and designing the foundations for buildings.
With the potential to increase income, reduce costs and eliminate any risk of prosecution, a tree survey is a sure fire way of increasing the value of your next development.
Waste soil disposal from a development can be costly, but a lack of classification at the pre-development stage can significantly increase this cost through time delays and claims from contractors.
The use of asbestos in construction and other common place materials was not totally banned in the UK until 1999. Before the message about the risks posed by asbestos really penetrated the construction industry, there were many examples of refurbishment and demolition activities that resulted in asbestos being left on site and in the ground.
Planning applications often need to be supported by several reports containing a diverse range of recommendations. These may be provided by an equally diverse range of consultants who may never be involved in the development of other reports. This can lead to increased costs and delays if problems arise as a result of conflicting recommendations.
You have a degree of control over trees within your ownership. You probably already know you may need a tree survey to tell you which to remove and how to design your scheme around them.
As of April 2015, any development is required to consider the potential use of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). As a result, agb Environmental has started to see a significant increase in the number of ground investigations specifying soakaways testing; an important step in assessing the viability and design of SUDS. We discuss the background…
How do you compare quotes of a ground investigation? If it is based solely on the grand total, you may not be getting the best value for money.
One of the last jobs for a development is often the landscaping. After months of disruption, the natural soils on site are perhaps looking a bit “tired”, heavily compacted and very low on organic matter. So you import some good quality topsoil and plant into that, but will this hinder or assist your landscaping?
At agb Environmental, we have seen a real increase of cases where planning applications have been rejected by planning committees based on a lack of understanding of the potential for contamination at the site.
You’ve finalised the plans and instructed the surveys, there is a date in the diary for the planning submission and it’s all systems go. But then the surveys start to come in…
With the rise in popularity of the All Inclusive package holiday, we started to wonder, if price is the only factor, why are they so popular? After all, we all can get cheaper flights, book cheaper hotels and find cheaper car hire.
The saying goes, you never know the cost of a development until you’re out of the ground, and with the need for development cost certainty, how do we avoid this?
agb Environmental is a multidisciplinary consultancy offering a range of services – including due diligence surveys.
Here at agb Environmental we are always on the lookout for new techniques to produce accurate results. Firing a laser at a tree doesn’t sound like the best way to help protect it from development, but that’s what was needed for one site in Chelsea recently.
Do you have a project that goes beyond normal business practice to improve biodiversity and ecological habitats in a built environment? Or, could you add a new biodiversity enhancement to an existing building or site?
Having trees on or near your site can prove to be a headache when it comes to development. Getting an Arboriculturist on board at an early stage can both prevent delays and costly revisions.
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.
Joining the agb Environmental team in November, Richard Parmee has taken on the role of Principal Arboricultural Consultant at agb Environmental.
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.
If you own or are responsible for trees, do you know what your legal obligations are, and are you meeting them? agb Environmental has some advice for those tree owners among you.
agb Environmental would like to remind developers that the bat survey season is drawing to a close.