Ecology

From an initial walkover survey providing detailed technical advice for a Planning Committee through to the implementation of a habitat creation scheme, Johns Associates offers a full range of ecological services. We take a pragmatic and robust approach to ecological issues, backed by best practice and scientific evidence. We work with our clients to guide them through the ecological aspects of their project.

Ecological projects rarely exist in isolation – solutions often need to be multi-functional. We understand how ecology can affect businesses and contribute to people’s quality of life and we have a detailed knowledge of biodiversity conservation. Our ecologists are perfectly placed to collaborate with our in-house landscape, planning, water and contracting teams to enable all-in-one solutions.

Johns Associates has a track record of delivering successful, multi-disciplinary schemes that are aligned with the requirements of specific habitats and species and provide the benefits of an ecosystem services approach.

You, ecology and the law…

Many UK species and habitats are afforded protection under UK and European legislation. You need to understand the risks from the outset and be able to demonstrate you are legally compliant. We can help with all stages from survey, through negotiation and design, to securing relevant protected species licences and delivery on the ground. We can create the habitats that may be required for your project to proceed and succeed or manage existing habitats to improve their ecological value.

Our ecological capabilities extend beyond protected species and encompass a wide range of other valuable services in terrestrial and aquatic environments.

Our ecologists have relevant academic qualifications, protected species licences and are Members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Some of our ecology clients:

  • Calor
  • South East Water
  • Bristol Airport
  • Lend Lease
  • Go Ape

  • Homes and Communities Agency
  • Hart District Council
  • Landmarc Support Services
  • Whitbread Group Plc
  • Whittington Heath Golf Club / HS2

Planning development and support

  • Rapid ecological site screening and advice
  • Ecological surveys including protected/invasive species
  • Consultation and stakeholder engagement
  • Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)
  • Assessment of ecosystem services
  • Biodiversity offsetting metrics
  • Input to consents (e.g. Environmental Permits, SSSI)
  • Ecological mitigation, enhancement design and implementation
  • Ecological method statements and management plans
  • Obtaining and discharging protected species licences
  • Ecological Clerk of Works
  • Creation of new habitat features (e.g. bat roosts, badger setts)
  • BREEAM and other sustainability assessment support

Terrestrial Environments

  • Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey
  • NVC and other detailed botanical surveys
  • GIS mapping
  • Bats
  • Badger
  • Other mammals
  • Invertebrates
  • Birds
  • Great crested newt and other amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Invasive non-native species

Aquatic Environments

  • Otter, water vole and other mammals
  • Birds
  • Aquatic macroinvertebrates
  • Zooplankton and Algae
  • White-clawed crayfish
  • Fish
  • Invasive aquatic species
  • River Habitat Survey
  • River Corridor Survey
  • GIS habitat mapping and remote sensing
  • Bathymetry, water quality, sediment quality, hydroecological and other characterisation studies
Habitat management
  • Ecological masterplanning
  • Ecological mitigation, enhancement design and implementation
  • Habitat creation
  • Ecological management plans
  • Consenting for working SSSIs and other designated sites
  • River and lake restoration and management
  • Appointment, supervision and management of specialist sub-contractors

 

We’d love to talk to you about how we can help with your project.  Why not get in touch?