At Greenlight we advise on all aspects of ecology, the landscape and arboriculture for development projects.
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Greenlight works on a wide variety of construction projects, ranging from major housing schemes and infrastructure projects, through to barn conversions and extensions to existing dwellings at the smaller scale.
We regularly advise on barn conversions, especially where older buildings may contain protected species such as bats and barn owls. Bat surveys, inform the kind of mitigation required to ensure the local bat population is unaffected, and Natural England licensing procedures are followed.
For a major bridge building project we undertook bat surveys to assess which species are using the river as a commuting and foraging route, and in what numbers. We surveyed a railway bridge using the latest infra-red camera technology to determine if bats are roosting in the bridge structure. This approach helped the client to reduce costs significantly, owing to the difficulties in gaining access to the railway at trackside.
Housing and other development can affect great crested newts, if it takes place in the vicinity of breeding ponds. We work on projects near major great crested newt populations, and can help projects to go ahead, with appropriate mitigation to reduce the impacts on the local newt population and obtaining the necessary licenses from Natural England to enable building works to start.
Greenlight provides tree related services, with tree surveys completed by a LANTRA qualified tree inspector and tree climber. We have seen an increase in the requirements of local authority planners with respect to consideration of trees in relation building projects. Greenlight advises on the arboricultural aspects of a proposed development as a separate service, or in concert with the ecology and landscape aspects of a site.
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