Mitigation and monitoring

Mitigation
If the presence of a protected species or its place of shelter has been detected during ecological surveys it is likely that a mitigation strategy will be required from Statutory Bodies and the Local Authority.

Reptile fencing and refugeWTSWW are able to inform the mitigation strategy through recommendations made during ecological surveys and from extensive experience in managing sites for habitats and species. The strategy aims to safeguard protected species during the development and ensure the long-term viability of the species’ population post development works.

Such mitigation schemes may include the creation of additional habitat within the development area, erection of bat boxes or bat houses or species and habitat translocation.

Translocation
Many species often have to be translocated to suitable habitats outside of the proposed development area. Translocation is often only undertaken when mitigation schemes within the development area are not possible. WTSWW has been involved in past translocation projects for both reptiles and great crested newts.
Checking reptile refugia
Monitoring
To ensure that mitigation schemes are successful and there has been no detrimental affect on protected species or their habitats, Statutory Organisations and Local Authorities require a period of monitoring for a number of years post development.
During the monitoring period, populations can be assessed to establish how they have reacted to the development and the mitigation strategy. Given our expertise in species and habitat management, WTSWW are well placed to undertake monitoring schemes and long term site management when required.