Ecological Mitigation Success in 2010!

Posted by Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 17/11/2010

Ecosulis has combined the implementation of ecological mitigation with our consultancy services for over 20 years.  This experience has been invaluable in refining measures proposed by the consultancy side of our business and now gives us great confidence that the measures we propose are both pragmatic and cost effective.  Here is a snapshot of some of our monitoring success stories from 2010!

Bats: Numerous bat boxes installed by our Ecosulis Countryside Management team throughout England and Wales are now in use.  These have most commonly been colonised by pipistrelle bats and brown long-eared bats.  Some of the bat boxes showing signs of use have been installed for less than 12 months, which is a great result!  The bat boxes have typically been installed as part of works relating to European Protected Species Licences in respect to development (Natural England and Welsh Assembly); however, some have been installed purely in respect to biodiversity gain. 

Great Crested Newts: Ecosulis has completed our ninth year of monitoring nine great crested newt ponds at a site in Leicestershire this year, which includes retained ponds and ponds created by our Ecosulis Countryside Management team.  The Habitat Suitability Index for the ponds is typically average/good and great crested newt populations are thriving with the highest number ever recorded at the site in spring 2010!  Numbers of great crested newts within ponds created by Ecosulis in 2007 at a site in Swindon also continue to increase; presence of great crested newts and breeding activity within these ponds was confirmed just 18 months after being created.

Reptiles: In 2009 Ecosulis’s Ecological Consultants undertook works in consultation with Bristol City Council and Ashton Court’s Park Ranger to select a suitable reptile receptor site at Ashton Court to accommodate slow worms from a residential development within Bristol.  Habitat enhancements were undertaken by Ecosulis Countryside Management team prior to a translocation exercise being undertaken by the team.  Monitoring works in 2010 confirmed that the management plan informed by Ecosulis is being well implemented by Ashton Court Rangers and that slow worms are currently breeding on the site.