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Ecological Management Planning

Background

Ecological management of a site involves:

  1. knowing what animal and plant species and communities are present;
  2. understanding the ecology of the site;
  3. identifying the broad goals for the site (the objectives);
  4. identifying the management needed to achieve them (management prescriptions and work programmes);
  5. having the means to determine progress towards achieving the objectives and showing that resources of cash, labour and skills are being used efficiently (monitoring prescriptions).

A management plan is a useful mechanism for bringing these elements together, while the process of producing and implementing it should ensure that the necessary management is widely approved and carried out in an agreed manner and to an agreed timescale.

Management plans are frequently required as part of development planning, and in particular for development sites that support plant and animal communities of high individual nature conservation interest, and for sites where new habitats are to be created as part of landscaping, mitigation and compensation measures.

Management plans are a requirement of BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes assessment and, for large developments, can also be a requirement of European Protected Species licensing.

Pond design as part of Great Crested Newt EPS licence management plan

Pond design as part of Great Crested Newt EPS licence management plan

 

Capability

Applied Ecology Ltd has extensive experience in producing management plans to enable development and for conservation management of wildlife designated sites.

Ascot Heath County Wildlife Site Management Plan produced for Ascot Authority

Ecological Management Plan in support of residential development, Bromley, Kent