Ashgrove Ecology was engaged on a planning application for a large residential-led, mixed use development on brown field land at Poole Harbour.
The site lies in an area of urban regeneration, but due to the proximity of Poole Harbour Special Protection Area and Ramsar, ecology was a constraint to development. Due to the number of developments planned for the area, the cumulative effects of tall buildings on birds was a planning consideration. Ashgrove Ecology undertook a series of surveys to map high tide wintering roost sites and flight lines for key bird species, including shelduck, avocet, black-tailed godwit and little egret.
Ashgrove Ecology worked closely with the Local Planning Authority and Natural England to ensure that the cumulative effects of the projects on birds were robustly assessed and any adverse impacts on were addressed in the planning application.
This data formed the basis of an Ecological Impact Assessment and a screening assessment for a Habitats Regulations Assessment for the scheme.