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 - MANCHESTER AIRPORT

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.    

Mitigation pond before restoration

During restoration

Following restoration

Emirates A380 Airbus over newt fences

Qatar airways over GCN pond

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)