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Our experience on various projects

Ecosupport has worked on a wide range of projects over the years covering a variety of disciplines and scales. Below are some recent project highlights we've worked on.

These projects, from the small to large scale, have helped us to develop a varied range of expertise and experience which we can draw upon as and when new projects and potential issues arise.

Habitat Creation & Improvement, Reptile Translocation & Monitoring

Foreman Homes Housing Development of 200 Units        Hedge End, Southampton

Our initial surveys found reptile populations on site including locally rare adders. Due to the habitat requirements of this species it was necessary to find a suitable receptor site for the animals to be moved to. We worked with our client and Eastleigh Borough Council to identify an appropriate site across the M27 designated locally as a SINC.

Ecosupport along with EBC carried out habitat improvement and management works on the reptile receptor site to create an optimum mosaic of suitable habitat for adders and other reptile species. During capture and translocation adders were radio tagged to provide information on their movements in the new receptor with this information feed into the on-going site management strategy.

Multiple Species Mitigation & Artificial Badger Sett Construction

Taylor Wimpey Housing Development of 150+ Units        Colden Common, Winchester

Initial Phase I & II protected species survey carried out identified a maternity long-eared bat roost within an existing building, a population of Great Crested Newts (GCN) within nearby ponds, an active main badger sett, Grass Snakes and locally important flora within the adjacent ancient woodland.

We successfully applied for European protected species licenses requiring us to plan and implement a translocation and design a bespoke bat house. A Natural England derogation licence was also successfully obtained for the exclusion of the badgers along with the construction of a new artificial badger sett. All work was completed on time and under budget enabling the developer to get on site within the stated timescales.

Ecology Surveys for 950 Housing Units Along With New School and Playing Field

Drew Smith Group Housing Development of 950 Units        Horton Heath, Eastleigh

Ecosupport were instructed to carry out ecological survey work to inform this planning application which included otter, water vole, great crested newt, bat emergence, re-entry and transects, dormouse, reptiles and breeding bird surveys. Due to the presence of a previously unrecorded great crested newt population, a mitigation and compensation strategy was also prepared to inform the successful planning application.

We were able to provide a large team of field surveyors to make sure that we covered all areas of this large proposed development site and provided technical reports to assist with ecological assessment, mitigation and compensation.

Implementation of Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS)

Pennyfarthing Homes, Housing Development of 300+ Units        Fordingbridge, New Forest

Due to the close proximity of the New Forest Special Protected Area (SPA) it is necessary in some housing schemes to develop alternative areas for human and canine recreation that will alleviate any increases in visitor pressure to the New Forest.

Ecosupport have carried out sensitive scrub clearance and habitat restoration works to enable the creation of an on site SANGS working closely with our client, Natural England and New Forest District Council to provide this haven for new human, canine and wildlife residents.

Restoration of an On-site SINC & Coastal Development Along a Designated Site

Alpine Homes, Development of 6 Luxury Homes & Pontoon        Yachthaven, Hayling Island

A coastal development adjacent to Internationally & Nationally designated conservation areas with multiple features of interest including eelgrass beds and wintering birds.

The project required detailed negotiation with Natural England and other stakeholders and Ecosupport are preparing detailed mitigation and compensation strategies for a successful planning outcome.
We are providing ecological advice and oversight for improvement of a local SINC on site along with improvements to the foreshore of the Special Protected Area (SPA) within Chichester harbour.

Surveys & Supervision of Vegetation Clearance for Rail Electrification

Coombes UK, Electrification of Network Rail Lines       Various Counties

Network Rail is currently undergoing a large scheme to electrify many railways throughout the UK. Prior to electrification, vegetation was maintained 3m back from the track, but with the electrical lines the vegetation must be cleared 6.5m from the track and maintained to install the infrastructure and prevent vegetation touching the high voltage cables.

Coombes UK is one of the contractors carrying out vegetation clearance on the Network Rail electrification project. Ecosupport is working with Coombes to carry out ecological surveys prior to cutting and supervising all vegetation clearance along the railway. We have been working with Coombes since 2017 and have ecologists that are trained to safely work on the rail.

Long-eared Maternity Roost in Home

Homeowner, Demolition for New House Construction       South Downs National Park

The site was a single detached home that was to be demolished in order to construct a new house on site. We found a large number of bat droppings in the loft during the Phase I survey. For a building with a confirmed roost, three bat surveys must be done to inform the application for a protected species licence.

Following the bat surveys, the roost was classified as a maternity roost for Brown Long-eared Bats and a day roost for Common Pipistrelles. We created a bat mitigation strategy which helped to get planning permission for the project and supervised all works to the roof, relocating a bat in the process.