SECTORS

Ashgrove Ecology staff have a huge range of experience in the energy, infrastructure and residential sectors. We see our future in developing our capabilities in the conventional and renewable energy sectors, as well as creating new wildlife friendly green spaces though our involvement in urban regeneration projects.

Energy

Ashgrove Ecology has provided advice on a number of onshore oil and gas projects in the south of England.  A diverse range of bat species are present in the region, and key issues include the protection of bat roosting sites, flight lines and foraging areas. The final development layouts will incorporate simple ecology mitigation measures that will allow the testing and production of hydrocarbons to proceed without significant adverse impacts on wildlife.

Ashgrove Ecology is the ecological advisor on suite of new hydro-electric schemes proposed for rivers in the southeast of England. We are working with closely with our client to design a new fish-friendly turbine, as well as advising on the location of the turbines to minimise impacts on riparian wildlife.

Infrastructure

High Speed 2 is a proposed new high-speed railway line that will link London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. Ashgrove Ecology has undertaken numerous baseline surveys to inform the Environmental Impact Assessment for Phase 2 of the project. Our brief included undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and surveys for bats, water voles, otters and reptiles along the proposed route alignment.

Residential

Ashgrove Ecology’s advice has been critical in addressing Local Planning Authority concerns and gaining planning permission for a number of residential projects in the south of England. Surveys for bats were essential for obtaining planning permission for the restoration of a 17th Century Grade II listed building in Somerset, due to the age and condition of the buildings, and because of the rural location of the estate.

We are currently undertaking a screening exercise for a Habitats Regulations Assessment for a residential development near to the Wealden Heath Special Protection Area (SPA). The SPA is designated for its breeding bird populations, specifically nightjar, Dartford warbler and woodlark.  Our report will assess the likely significant effects of the scheme on the SPA. If the project, either alone or in combination with other proposed developments, fails the likely significant effects test then a full Appropriate Assessment will be required.

Education

Ashgrove Ecology worked with RADA to redevelop their site in the London Borough of Camden. The proposed scheme involved the partial demolition of the existing buildings and creation of an extension to house a new theatre, refectory and student accommodation.  Ashgrove ecology provided a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal for bats to support the planning application.

Ashgrove Ecology has undertaken an assessment of the impacts of proposed floodlights on bats for a sports facility in Bristol. The site lay adjacent to Stockwood Open Space, which is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI).  The surveys and assessments demonstrated that the proposed floodlights would not have a significant impact on bats or other wildlife and that ecology was not a planning constraint.