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Swallow nest site mitigation

Posted in Projects July 15th, 2014 at 5:56 pm by Richard Green

Swallows are often found nesting in barns proposed for conversion and as a species of conservation concern, should have alternative nest sites provided if existing sites are to be lost. Swallows prefer to nest in covered areas, as opposed to house martins, which nest under eaves. However, Richard Green Ecology has successfully mitigated for loss of swallow nest sites by providing an eaves/ridge overhang box with an open bottom and ledges for swallows to nest on (see photographs). Provision can also be made in open-fronted log-sheds, car ports or porches, although if using the latter, droppings can be an issue on cars or at the front door!

Swallow nest box Richard Green Ecology Ltd Devon


Public Inquiry for A465 Heads of Valleys Section 2 planned for March 2014

Posted in Projects February 12th, 2014 at 4:40 pm by Richard Green

We are nearing the public inquiry for this road improvement scheme on which we have been advising. Richard Green is acting as expert witness on bats and has been busy preparing his proof of evidence and supporting documents.

Please check out the project website at http://www.a465gilwern2brynmawr.co.uk


A465 Heads of Valleys Section 2

Posted in Projects May 10th, 2012 at 1:19 pm by Richard Green

We are currently working with RPS, Halcrow and Costain to design a road improvement scheme between Gilwern and Brymawr and take it through ES and AIES for the Welsh Government. The scheme passes through the Usk Bat Sites SAC, of which Lesser Horseshoe Bats are a qualifying feature. Extensive and innovative mitigation is therefore require for these bats.

Lesser horseshoe bat    A465 Section 2


Bat Report and Advice for the Highways Agency

Posted in Projects March 28th, 2012 at 1:58 pm by Richard Green

In partnership with Halcrow Group, we produced a research report for the Highways Agency entitled A review of bat mitigation in relation to highway severance and a new bat advice note for Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) (currently unpublished).


Ecological Review and Design for the Welsh Government on A487 Porthmadog Bypass

Posted in Projects March 28th, 2012 at 1:57 pm by Richard Green

In partnership with Halcrow and Holland Bryan Associates we are part of the WG Employer’s Agent team, reviewing and approving ecological method statements for the construction of the A487 Porthmadog, Tremadog and Minffordd Bypass, a new road through an extremely ecologically sensitive area. We designed innovative mitigation for a large maternity colony of lesser horseshoe bats, which are a qualifying feature of the Meirionnydd Oakwoods and Bat Sites Special Areas of Conservation.


Ecological Assessment of Proposed Wind Farms

Posted in Projects March 28th, 2012 at 1:54 pm by Richard Green

We recently completed ecological assessment of two proposed windfarms in Devon for Infinergy, including detailed bat and bird surveys. We are also currently working on another wind farm proposal for REG Power.


Protected Species Surveys for Imerys Minerals

Posted in Projects March 28th, 2012 at 1:54 pm by Richard Green

We are undertaking protected species surveys and subsequent European protected species licence applications for a number of Imery sites in Devon and Cornwall, where buildings are to be demolished as part of asset management and health and safety policy.


Survey and Assessment for Devon County Council

Posted in Projects March 28th, 2012 at 1:53 pm by Richard Green

We recently completed ecological survey and assessment for Watermouth Bay Coastal Footpath Improvement and Okehampton Parkway railway station proposals for Devon County Council.


Cirl Bunting Surveys for the Godfrey Partnership

Posted in Projects March 28th, 2012 at 1:49 pm by Richard Green

We recently completed a full year of Cirl Bunting breeding and wintering surveys for a proposed development in Shaldon, South Devon.


Water Vole Survey, Assessment, Design and Strategy for Associated British Ports

Posted in Projects March 28th, 2012 at 1:49 pm by Richard Green

In partnership with Halcrow Group, we undertook ecological assessment and design for a managed coastal realignment at Cobnor Point, West Sussex. Including a management strategy for Water Voles that are present on the site. 


Assessment, Design and Expert Witness Services for Linden Homes

Posted in Projects March 28th, 2012 at 1:48 pm by Richard Green

Ecological assessment and design for Rowes Farm, Stoke Gabriel, Devon. Richard was the ecological expert witness at the public inquiry in 2010, where ecological issues included greater horseshoe bats and the South Hams Bat SAC, cirl buntings, dormice, badgers, reptiles and barn owls. We are currently converting a barn for use by greater horseshoe bats.


Survey and Assessment for Sir Bert Millichip Sports

Posted in Projects March 28th, 2012 at 1:48 pm by Richard Green

Ecological survey and assessment of a multi-phase development around Hindlip, including residential, business and sports facilities. Issues include great crested newts and bats.


Survey and Assessment for the National Trust

Posted in Projects March 28th, 2012 at 1:48 pm by Richard Green

Ecological survey and assessment for renovation works at Coleridge Cottage and Dunster Castle in West Somerset. Issues include bats, otters and Japanese knotweed.


Survey and Assessment for Jonathan Rhind Architects

Posted in Projects March 28th, 2012 at 1:47 pm by Richard Green

Ecological survey and assessment of six churches in North Devon, in need of restoration. Bat surveys revealed use of the churches by at least five different species, requiring European protected species licences for the proposed.