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.
Our landscape architect at Rathbone Partnership has been a vocal advocate for wildlife and nature throughout the design process. And has helped to ensure that we can still achieve a biodiversity net gain on the site using ponds, additional hedging, wildlife corridors, nature spaces, and darker areas for bats.
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.