Planning conditions are frequently issued requiring on-site ecological supervision during the construction phase of a development. Often this is delivered through a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP). This is to ensure wildlife impacts are avoided or minimised and that biodiversity enhancements are secured. This role is usually carried out by an Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW).
All WFE’s ecologists are CSCS certified.
WFE’s ecologists work with developers and alongside contractors to provide accurate advice and pragmatic solutions that ensure the planning conditions are discharged efficiently. We proactively advise on relevant wildlife legislation in relation to construction activities, thus minimising risks of delays to the project.
An ECoW may be required to carry out various tasks including:
- Pre-construction checks to confirm baseline conditions for sensitive habitats and protected species, including nesting bird checks, badger and water vole surveys.
- Writing and implementing CEMPs.
- Providing a Tool Box Talk for site staff.
- Providing an ecological watching brief for prescribed works – such as supervising topsoil removal, vegetation clearance and building demolition.
- Producing best practice advice to minimise construction activities impacts.
- Applying for relevant mitigation licences.
- Implementing mitigation such as reptile and amphibian handling and relocation, habitat creation, and destructive searches.
WFE provided an ECoW to oversee the extension of Mildenhall Household Waste Recycling Centre. Following pre-construction surveys, which found a small population of common lizards, carefully timed clearance of vegetation…
WFE provided ECoW on a 9 turbine windfarm site in Essex. The ECoW works involved pre-construction surveys for breeding and wintering birds, badgers, water voles and reptiles. The turbines were delivered…