Protected Species Surveys

Great Crested Newt Surveys
Water Vole Surveys
Bird Surveys
Bat Surveys
Badger Surveys
Otter Surveys
Invertebrate Surveys
Reptile Surveys
Brown Hare Surveys

Habitat Surveys

Phase 1 Habitat Surveys
Pre-Purchase Site Assessment
River Surveys
Hedgerow Surveys
Invasive Species Surveys
Bryophyte Surveys

Environmental Impact Assessment

EIA

Habitat Creation
Restoration & Mitigation

Aquatic Habitats
Terrestrial Habitats

Management Plans

CMS Bespoke Plans

 




 
 

CASE STUDY:      GREAT CRESTED NEWTS    MANCHESTER AIRPORT

Client: Manchester Airport Group  (MAG)                                                                                      

Project: Infilling Great Crested Newt breeding pond (medium population) to reduce aircraft bird strike risks:

This is our most recent contract at the airport for MAG and involves loss of and Infilling a GCN pond (medium population) at the end of Runway 2 within the operational airfield. The pond was located at the immediate end of the runway with a high risk of potential bird strikes from waterfowl using the pond. A decision was made by MAG to infill the pond and re-locate GCN to purposely built / enhanced ponds and hibernacula outside the operational airfield.

This interesting and challenging project was completed under a protected species licence produced by PENNINE ecological and involved design & construction of 5 new ponds, construction of new hibernacula and terrestrial habitats.

Logistically the task presented significant constraints due to stringent security controls and access restrictions whilst working on the operational airfield. In addition captured amphibians needed to be moved by road involving a 5 mile detour.

Over 60 days of pitfall trapping, 30 nights of bottle trapping and egg translocation were undertaken with thousands of amphibians moved to new ponds including many hundreds of GCN.    

Other Great Crested Newt Projects at Manchester Airport:       Dates: 1998 - Present

  • New Moss Nook Car Park (Great Crested Newt licence & implementation including newt fencing and all mitigation)
  • Concorde Visitor Attraction; re-location of Concorde at  Aviation Viewing Park (Great Crested Newt licence & implementation including newt fencing, hibernacula creation and all mitigation)
  • Extension of car parking at Aviation Viewing Park (Great Crested Newt licence & implementation including newt fencing, hibernacula creation and all mitigation)
  • New International Air Freight Transit Units. (Great Crested Newt licence pending implementation)

 

Other Ecological Services Provided at Manchester Airport:

Numerous ecological surveys including; Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey / River Corridor and River Habitat Survey associated with Runway 2 construction & re-alignment of River Bollin / Water Vole Survey / Bat Survey / Great Crested Newt Surveys.

Ecological Impact Assessments / Formulation and implementation of Ecological Management Plans.

CASE STUDY:      GREAT CRESTED NEWTS          BAE SYSTEMS

Client:             BAE Systems                                                                                       

Project:          BAE Systems, Samlesbury Aerodrome: Services Infrastructure Diversions associated with £ 150 million site re-development: 2007 - Present

BAE Systems are one of a number of important clients with whom we have developed a close and very successful working relationship since 2007. We are retained as the sole ecological consultants for both the Samlesbury and Warton sites in Lancashire. Both these sites have significant ecological value and present challenging environments for development. Based on our experience and expertise we have successfully acquired licences for protected species (in particular GCN) and enabled BAE to transform and diversify the Samlesbury site according to BAE’s aspirations. We have worked closely with infrastructure design teams, engineers and senior managers in achieving BAE’s goals. 

The catalyst for development of the Samlesbury site was acquiring a licence for infilling a known GCN breeding pond known as ‘The Fire Pond’. This pond located on the edge of the operational runway was used in WW2 for emergency aircraft fires. Subsequently it became colonised by GCN and was located in an area earmarked for major site expansion and office development.

The GCN licence work undertaken by PENNINE ecological  included installation of over 6km of newt fencing, installation of 650 pitfall, staggered site clearance over 60 days, 20 nights of bottle trapping / egg translocation, netting and supervision of pond destruction and infilling. In addition we created 2 new purpose built ponds, several large hibernacula, new tree and hedge planting, aquatic planting and creation of wet scrapes for birds.

Thousands of amphibians were moved in this scheme with low numbers of GCN.

Other Great Crested Newt Projects at BAE Systems:     Dates: 2007 - Present

  • Use of runway for car parking and haulage route during construction (Great Crested Newt licence & implementation including newt fencing and all mitigation)

 

Other Services Provided:

Numerous ecological surveys including; Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey / Water Vole Survey / Bat Survey / Great Crested Newt Surveys / Breeding Bird Surveys. Ecological Impact Assessments / Production / implementation of Site Ecological Management Plans / Various BREEAM Assessments for new office and building developments / Ecological surveys of Warton Aerodrome (including Great Crested Newt issues)

 CASE STUDY:      GREAT CRESTED NEWTS     ELECTRICITY NORTH WEST LIMITED

Client:             Electricity North West Limited
                                                                                      

Project:          Electricity North West Limited: Barton – Carrington 132kv Circuit Replacement (£ 10 million project) : 2010 - Present

PENNINE ecological have undertaken ecological consultancy work for ELNW and their predecessors UU Electricity & Norweb since the mid 1990s. This latest project is perhaps the most important contract completed for our client. The replacement of overhead power lines in the Barton / Carrington districts with underground cable installations is a particularly challenging undertaking. The work involves replacing many overhead lines which currently pass through residential developments, a nature reserve, a sewage works and farmland.  The replacement of the circuits provides a critical upgrade in capacity serving local residents, businesses and The Trafford Centre developments. In addition a major improvement in landscape amenity will result from the works. PENNINE ecological were tasked with acquiring and implementing a GCN licence for a section of the route passing through the Davyhulme Millennium Nature Reserve and United Utilities Davyhulme Sewage Works. To avoid additional impacts on GCN a particularly difficult task of fence installation was required along a narrow track to provide maximum working width for cable installation whilst safeguarding important GCN habitats immediately alongside the track. A series of carefully positioned vehicular and pedestrian newt proof access gates were also required to allow continued use of the track as a public footpath and access route during the full duration of the work. In addition tower dismantling operations on sensitive habitats were also required. Using our expertise and working with ELNW design teams and engineers we successfully acquired a GCN licence, cleared the working area of GCN and have provided ELNW sufficient easement to undertake all the required works. 

The GCN licence work undertaken by PENNINE ecological  included installation of approximately 1km of newt fencing, including the use of specialist rigid newt panels and gates. Thousands of amphibians were moved including low numbers of GCN. New log pile hibernacula will also be created once tree felling is completed.

 

Other Great Crested Newt Projects for ELNW / UU Electricity / Norweb:        Dates: 1997 - Present

  • Penwortham Power Station expansion (Great Crested Newt licence & implementation including newt fencing and all mitigation)

Other Services Provided:

Numerous ecological surveys including; Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey / Water Vole Survey / Bat Survey / Great Crested Newt Surveys / Breeding Bird Surveys. Ecological Impact Assessments.