There will be a strong emphasis on both ecologically responsible construction and landscaping with habitat support. Where possible existing habitats will be left undisturbed. An ecological consultant will be engaged to ensure proposals are aligned with and support the needs of the local wildlife. At the moment we're working with GE Consulting for the site surveys, and we're delighted that our lead ecologist lives within the parish too.
GE Consulting have estimated that our site design will lead to a 13% Biodiversity Net Gain - which means there will be more habitats when the site is complete than there currently are due to ecological enhancement of the site through appropriate habitat protection and creation measures.
So far we have some initial findings from the first bat survey which took place at the end of May, we are delighted to have six different types of bats on site! Noctule, common pipistrelle, barbastelle, myotis species, lesser horseshoe and greater horseshoe bats will all be protected during and after construction. It's wonderful to have so many species on site, and we are looking forward to working with the ecological consultants to create more habitats on site.