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Commercial

Project Name:
Magna Park - Commercial & Business Park
Client:
Magna Park Management/Gazeley Limited
Year:
Jul 31, 2010
Keywords:
Great crested newt survey, licensing, mitigation, management and monitoring
Summary:
Client Benefits Ecosulis assisted the client in securing planning permission for the site and provided reassurance that all legislative requirements relating to ...

Client Benefits

Ecosulis assisted the client in securing planning permission for the site and provided reassurance that all legislative requirements relating to the site were being fulfilled, namely relating to great crested newts (a species with European protection).  By carrying out our work to the highest standard, Ecosulis contributed to the national reputation of the development for high building standards and the 'Eco Template', which will be carried forward to a series of further similar developments Europe-wide.

Project Description

The site is a former airfield covering an area 200ha in size and consists of warehouses with plot sizes ranging between 10,000m squared to 45,000m squared, with lorry park. Ecosulis have been involved with the project since 1997.  During this time, we have obtained eight consecutive European Protected Species licences for the site and carried out pond creation, relocation of great crested newt populations, enhancement of terrestrial habitats and monitoring of populations and habitats. 

The project involved designing and implementing a mitigation strategy to ensure the maintenance of favourable conservation status of great crested newts inhabiting three ponds within the site. Five new ponds were created in 1999, 2002 and 2006. Ongoing enhancements to these and the original ponds resulted in the new ponds not only being colonised by the newts, but they also exceeded expectations in all becoming breeding ponds.

With 2010 being the final year of monitoring at the site, results indicate that our mitigation scheme has been a success, and that the breeding population is expanding, with an overall increase in population size of more than 50% since monitoring began in 2002.

 

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