Mitigation and Compensation

Common lizard

Common lizard during translocation

WFE works with developers to ensure that appropriate and cost-effective measures to reduce or remove negative impacts on biodiversity are incorporated during the project planning and design. We use the mitigation hierarchy as specified in CIEEM guidance – Avoid, Mitigate, Compensate, Enhance. These principles are then applied during the project construction and operation. Construction Environment Management Plans (CEMP) and Landscape and Ecology Management Plans (LEMP) often help to steer mitigation efforts.

The WFE team has comprehensive experience of mitigation projects for protected species in England, including mitigation for bats, great crested newts, reptiles, breeding birds, natterjack toads, badgers and water voles. Applying mitigation or compensation can sometimes be complicated and costly, but WFE works hard to find the most effective and practical solutions for species, habitats and development. 

WFE has a 100% success rate for European Protected Species Licence applications.

Mitigation Services

Watching the digger strip the vegetation

Watching the digger strip the vegetation

Project Example

Temporary removal of common lizards and natterjack toads from an area of sea wall at Burnham Overy in North Norfolk scheduled for engineering works. Work was conducted under at EPS licence. 338 lizards and 10 natterjacks were moved to the adjacent dune system prior to the works commencing. Potential water vole burrows were also searched before access for plant could be constructed across a ditch.

WFE performed a watching brief during works, rescuing several more lizards as the vegetation was removed. A new reptile and amphibian hibernaculum was created.

For more on this project follow read the full case study here.