Keystone Habitats were appointed by Taylor Wimpey to address protected species constraints prior to and during re-profiling work to restore the 72ha former Chinnor Cement Works in Oxfordshire.
What Did We Do?
- Installed over 7km of heavy duty newt and reptile proof fencing
- Created newt and reptile hibernacula
- Cleared all tree and scrub vegetation in the re-profiling zone
- Installed protective fencing around stands of Japanese Knotweed and commenced an eradication programme
- Translocated orchids
- Carried out destructive searches
How Did We Do It?
- Regular programme meetings were held with Keystone Ecology, the client and their principal contractor
- We made use of existing machinery on site for destructive searches
- Vegetation clearance was largely timed to avoid the bird nesting season using a two phase cutting approach in areas with reptiles, completing clearance to ground level once reptile translocation was complete
- We assigned a Habitats Contracts Manager who was licensed to handle Great Crested Newts to manage the project
What Were The Outcomes?
- We devised a strategy that avoided the need for constant ecological supervision
- Our approach saved the client costs associated with such supervision
- We avoided programme delays