Ecological Mitigation & Enhancement
Mitigation may be required for certain projects to minimise the negative effects of development. This may involve devising measures to safeguard species and habitats during the construction phase. For some species such as reptiles or great crested newts, when it is not feasible to retain individuals on-site, translocation may be necessary to move the species to suitable off-site habitat. This is a complex process and it may take up to a few months to organise and complete.
Habitat enhancement may also be required to compensate for loss of habitats and disturbance to wildlife during the development phase. This may involve the creation of new habitats in addition to the enhancement of existing areas to provide new habitats for a range of species.
Mitigation and enhancement measures are tailor-made to suit a particular site and project. However, measures can include the following:
- Installing additional bird nesting provision such as swift boxes;
- Creating artificial homes such as invertebrate log-piles and reptile hibernacula piles;
- Installing bat boxes to provide additional roosting opportunities for these species; and
- Creating meadow areas, constructing ponds, enhancing woodland.
Phlorum also has experience of compiling a range of management plans which provide details on mitigation and enhancement measures for a site together with short and long-term management prescriptions.