In our role as a Framework Contractor for Devon County Council we’re used to seeing some pretty tricky situations and understand the importance of acting fast. At 3pm one Monday afternoon we were contacted to see if we could assist immediately with the sectional dismantle of an enormous (80ft) tree in hazardous circumstances.
Fast forward just three hours and our guys had closed the main road, had on-site two large cranes, an articulated lorry, eight wheeled grab lorry and our own team of skilled operations staff. By just 2am the road was open again, well in time for the rush hour.
Working with the Westcountry Rivers Trust
The aim of the project was to tackle the issues in the Dart and Teign catchments and to deliver in-stream and riparian habitat management including:
- Selective coppicing and management to promote a diversity of bank side vegetation and prevent excessive erosion
- Introduction of coarse woody debris to provide diversity of in-stream habitat
- Gravel augmentation to restore areas of fish spawning habitat to increase population numbers and survival
Badger sett creation – Oxford
New developments can often impact on nature. A recent development in Oxfordshire require that a badger sett be translocated. Blackdown were asked to construct a new sett following best practice. After initial problems with the clay ground and lack of suitable material, Blackdown came up with several innovative ideas to allow the construction of the sett to be carried out on time and in budget.
Blackdown Environmental’s ecology and field operations staff are experienced in surveying and mitigating for badgers. We have worked on behalf of highways agencies, local authorities, developers and private clients to design and implement effective badger solutions, from fencing to sett construction.
Read more about Badger Mitigation in our case study…
Bats in Trees
Blackdown Environmental’s in-house tree climbing team are able to provide tree climbing surveys by fully licensed bat workers, all year round. Click on the link below to read more about our tree climbing surveys.
An EPSL is required for any work which may affect European protected species. To be successful the licence application must pass three legal tests, and Blackdown Environmental’s ecologists can help you through the process.
Read our guide to the application process below:
M5 Dormouse Mitigation
Prior to engineering investigation works on the M5, Blackdown Environmental were contracted by Skanska on behalf of the Highways Agency to provide ecological consultancy services specifically related to dormice.
Read more about the work we provided below:
The Old Coach House
Blackdown Environmental were instructed by a private client to assist in the delivery of ecological consultancy services for the conversion of a derelict coach house in East Devon.The 18th century building had fallen into a state of disrepair and a bat mitigation plan was required as part of its restoration.
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Vegetation Clearance Works, Yeovil
Blackdown Environmental helped to facilitate the proposed Western Corridor upgrade works in Yeovil. This a critical distributor road in Yeovil’s highway network, providing access to key employment sites and residential areas. Somerset County Council are promoting the Yeovil Western Corridor as a major local transport scheme, due in part to their local plan and significant residential and commercial developments. Due to the tight timescales, it was vital that all tree clearance works were completed on time. Thankfully Blackdown Environmental were able to complete the programme ahead of schedule. Read more below.