Arborists Biking for Biosecurity

Arborists Biking for Biosecurity

Starting from the home of UK Arboriculture, on the edge of the Severn estuary in Gloucestershire, at around 2.30am on a cold, and likely wet and windy morning on Thursday 6th December, four fearless Arboricultural Association (AA) members will be riding to the Houses of Parliament to deliver the biosecurity message in person at the official release of the AA’s Guidance Note: Application of Biosecurity in Arboriculture.

Matt Wall, Wharton's Senior Ecologist, shares his point of view at MMBEN's event: Habitat creation for business gain

Matt Wall, Senior Ecologist at Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants Ltd presented at MMBEN’s recent event on Habitat creation for business gain, discussing ways in which large and small habitat interventions on commercial sites can provide significant landscape-scale benefits.

Increasingly businesses are becoming more aware and more diligent about looking after and enhancing the green spaces around their sites or nearby nature reserves. The MMBEN event took place to help guide, educate and offer support to those businesses keen to make a positive impact to the landscape by protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of their sites to benefit both their employees and visiting clients.

Wharton believe that focusing on the natural infrastructure and ecology as an asset and not an obstacle, right from the start of a planning process, ultimately enhances the site development whilst ensuring that valuable natural spaces are protected, enhanced and created.  In other words, by considering landscape-scale habitat creation, or as Wharton call it, the Natural Infrastructure, businesses can look to benefit from increased property prices as well as improved health and wellbeing of employees.

Our mission is to change the way trees and ecology are viewed in planning terms; seeing both as a real opportunity to improve people’s surroundings rather than it being a box to tick or a problem to overcome.” Matt Wall

Wharton provide the land, tree and ecology advice needed to successfully balance commercial, environmental and human needs.  This is achieved by combining detailed analysis of the existing, land, trees and ecology with our own expert knowledge. We help turn natural constraints into exciting opportunities.  Ultimately, we increase the value of a site at a time when green infrastructure has never been so important.

Wharton manages projects for local authorities and planning departments as well as private estates, property owners, land managers, architects, leisure and educational establishments.   We provide independent, impartial guidance and advice to ensure that the value and benefits of the natural assets in their charge are optimised.

Bat survey season is here; time to get those surveys booked in!

Thousands of Brits having been enjoying the recent warm weather, with barbeques in full swing. The onset of great weather means that the UK’s bats are also out in force feasting on thousands of midges and mosquitoes and other flying critters, fattening up after a long period of hibernation over the winter.

If you’ve had an ecology report sat on your desk with recommendations for a bat survey, then now is the time to get costs for those surveys and get them booked in! Depending on your project-specific requirements you may be required to undertake one or two bat surveys between May and August; undertaking these surveys in this period is often critical to planning success.

It maybe that you’re not sure whether you need a bat survey or not. It’s equally important to find out as soon as possible so that you don’t encounter potentially significant delays later down the line if you miss the optimum period.

Bat survey flow

The first part of the bat survey process is to carry out an initial assessment to determine the suitability of your site to support bat roosts and/or important commuting or foraging routes. This initial assessment will involve a site survey as well as a desk-based assessment, the results of which are then evaluated jointly to determine the suitability of your site for bats.

Depending on the results of the initial assessment, further surveys may be recommended, and these are often constrained by the period that they can be carried out in. We highly recommend getting in touch to discuss your project-specific requirements and set out a plan to ensure that any surveys required are delivered in accordance with industry guidance.

Whether you’re a developer looking for the right site, an architect navigating your way through planning, or an individual looking to make the most of your property, our highly qualified team can help you to find the most successful natural-infrastructure solutions, with advice to ensure your project is successful in respect of ecology first time, every time.

We have undertaken bat surveys for a wide-range of buildings and projects, from demolition of some of the biggest buildings in Coventry, through to residential extensions, demolitions, conversions and renovations of small residential houses, 17th century manor houses and barns. Whatever the project, however big or small, we’re here to offer expert analysis, quality advice and personal support to help you achieve planning success.