When protected species or notable habitats are recorded, mitigation measures are usually required. Often impacts can be avoided by the correct timing of works or providing sufficient working buffers, and EMEC Ecology can provide advice on these types of mitigation measures. However sometimes the measures need to be more wide-ranging and can involve the fencing and trapping of animals or translocation of habitats.
Examples of mitigation measures are provided below:-
EMEC Ecology were contracted to net a number of hedgerows which occurred along a proposed pipeline route. Consent to undertake the works (i.e. cut down the hedgerows) could not be obtained until the summer, and therefore the hedgerows were netted to prevent birds from making nests within the sections to be removed. This thereby avoided potential delays when the works commenced. Further information can be found on our Hedgerow Netting Information Sheet, and on the Hedgerow Netting page of our Land Management website.
EMEC Ecology has worked on amphibian fencing and great crested newt trapping projects in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Leicestershire and across England. Great crested newt translocation involves the installation of special plastic newt fencing and pitfall traps (buckets within the ground); with the fence leading newts to the buckets. All projects need to be carried out under a European Protected Species (EPS) licence from Natural England, and carried out by trained staff. Once great crested newts have been successfully removed from a site, construction work can commence. Further information is available on the Great Crested Newt Fencing and the Great Crested Newt Trapping and Translocation pages of our Land Management website.