It’s hard to believe that it has been five years since the start of New Leaf Ecology.
Many thanks to all of our regular and new clients and to a fantastic team of associates for making 2017 our fifth successful year. It has been great to work on so many varied and interesting projects over the past five years.
Last year we covered projects across ten counties in the south-east and south-west of England, covering a diverse range of clients, sectors and species.
Successful planning outcomes were achieved on a number of projects where we carried out Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, bat, great crested newt and reptile surveys and Ecological Impact Assessments for small private developments, all resulting in wildlife enhancements being incorporated.
Our work on Crossrail and other rail projects has included Phase 1 habitat surveys, Ecological Clerk of Works, badger sett monitoring, nesting bird checks and bat surveys on projects across the south of England and with PTS renewed this month we are able to continue this for the coming year.
With the recent developments in licensing for great crested newts, it has been interesting to work on implementing the new Natural England policies on three projects during 2017, with successful mitigation strategies and licences achieved, incorporating enhancements of greater benefit for great crested newts, whilst reducing the need for lengthy and costly fencing and pitfall trapping schemes.
We have also been involved with survey work on three major road development projects, undertaking Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, Habitat Condition Assessments, Hedgerow Surveys, Bat Activity and Crossing Point Surveys and Sound Analysis to feed into the Environmental Impact Assessments for these schemes.
With spring fast approaching we are expecting another busy year and look forward to working with you in 2018.