Habitat creation and translocation

Habitat creation and translocation is a key strength of Baker Consultants and we have been involved in some of the major UK translocation schemes. Andrew Baker supervised the habitat translocation at Manchester Airport Runway 2, which included the translocation of ancient woodland. He subsequently sat on the steering group that oversaw the publication of the Highways Agency (now Highways England) best practice guidance on habitat translocation.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) seeks to ensure no net loss of biodiversity and overall gains where possible. Although not all habitats can be translocated, it can be the best option for compensating for habitat loss in some circumstances. Translocation always requires experience and detailed understanding of the habitat in question, as well as specialist equipment and a contractor who has the necessary experience.

Newt fencing, which is erected prior to newt translocation. Photo by Technical Director, Carlos Abrahams

Newt fencing, which is erected prior to newt translocation. Photo by Technical Director, Carlos Abrahams

Baker Consultants has considerable experience in compiling method statements, planting schedules and management regimes that aim to create new natural habitats. Successful habitat creation requires a detailed understanding not only of the habitat to be created but also the existing soil conditions of the site. Without this knowledge, habitat creation schemes will fail, adding to the costs of the scheme.

Fly agaric next to newt fence on site in Leeds by Ecologist Courtenay Holden

Fly agaric next to newt fence on site in Leeds by Ecologist Courtenay Holden

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