Keystone Habitats were engaged to deliver a Dormouse mitigation strategy covered by a European Protected Species (EPS) licence at a housing development in Maidstone, Kent.
What did we do?
- Cleared the section of hedgerow at the access road in accordance with specific licence methodology.
- Custom designed, fabricated and installed a Dormouse bridge to provide connectivity between blocks of suitable habitat either side of a new road entrance.
- Conducted hedge laying along a 450 meter section of fragmented hedgeline and introduced new whip planting to increase species diversity.
- Installed Dormouse boxes in an existing woodland.
How did we do It?
- Carried out extensive research on Dormouse bridge creation and adapted previous designs to suit on-site circumstances and avoid elements in designs that were flawed.
- Produced a mock-up of the bridge in our workshop to test the final design.
- Briefed all staff involved in the project on timing and methods specified in the EPS licence.
What were the outcomes?
- The design was approved by Highways and the County Ecologist, and was thereafter approved by Natural England’s EPS licensing team.
- All work was delivered on time and on budget.
- Mitigation measures delivered on site were signed off first time by the licensed ecologist.