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Highways & Transport

Project Name:
Staple Hill All Ability Access Trail
Client:
Neroche Project (Forestry Commission)
Year:
Jan 02, 2008
Keywords:
Ecology surveys, Ecological supporting statement, planning application, Phase 1 habitat survey, Heritage Lottery Funded
Summary:
In January 2008 Ecosulis was commissioned by the Neroche Scheme (a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Scheme, led by the Forestry Commission) to ...

In January 2008 Ecosulis was commissioned by the Neroche Scheme (a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Scheme, led by the Forestry Commission) to undertake a Phase 1 habitat survey at Staple Hill, Blackdown Hills, near Taunton.  The objective was to provide wildlife survey information for the re-submission of a planning application for an all ability access trail.  Ecosulis undertook a desktop review of existing information for the site provided by the Somerset Environmental Records Centre and Local Planning Authority and undertook an extended Phase 1 habitat survey. 

The interest of the site is primarily related to:  The sites designation as a Local Wildlife Site; the proximity of the site to Prior’s Park and Adcombe Wood SSSI, Ruttersleigh SSSI and Deadman SSSI; and suitable habitat to support bats, amphibians, reptiles, nesting birds and two UK BAP species of butterfly.

The proposed installation of the all ability access track was not considered likely to have any significant adverse impact on the local designations, habitats or wildlife.  The works were considered likely to create some opportunities through the felling of some coniferous habitat and the creation of edge habitat, which is likely to benefit a range of local species.

To avoid impacts to species some habitat manipulation was recommended in relation to reptiles and works being undertaken under the supervision of an Ecological Clerk of Works.

 

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