Formal ecological impact assessments

 

Where projects either require formal Environmental Impact Assessment due to their scale or location, or non-mandatory EIA is carried out on a voluntary basis to assist the planning process, Bioscan are able to ensure clients benefit from the company’s long-standing reputation for producing thorough and robust impact assessments. The company continues to be lauded by regulators on the quality of its ecological impact assessments and associated written statements, which in recent years have covered numerous wind farm projects as well as conventional power stations, energy from waste projects, quarry extensions, pipelines, large mixed-use developments and urban extensions. As well as working as ecology experts in multi-disciplinary teams, Bioscan have also acted as the lead consultant on EIA projects, including several successful wind farm schemes.

Bioscan’s knowledge of the EIA process is also invaluable in ‘troubleshooting’ at the earliest stages of a project, ensuring that potential ecological effects that require a mitigation response are recognised early enough in the project to allow design changes or mitigation provision to be incorporated with minimal impact on project progress, timescales and budget.

The company also has significant expertise in carrying out ‘appropriate assessments’ of impacts on internationally important sites further to the requirements of the European Habitats Directive. This can be done either directly on behalf of competent authorities or for developers seeking to unilaterally demonstrate compliance with the directive to a competent authority.

The company’s reputation for thoroughness and basing assessments and decisions on a sound scientific basis is a distinct advantage when it comes to discussion and negotiation with statutory and non-statutory nature conservation bodies about matters in dispute. This can secure enormous time and cost savings over the life of a project.

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  • Scoping for EIA
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Appropriate Assessment
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Ecological Impact Assessment
  • Biodiversity Audit
  • Designing appropriate ecological surveys
  • Interpreting historical ecological information
  • Assessing ecological value
  • Understanding proposed impacts on complex issues
  • Negotiating with statutory governmental advisers
  • Working as an integral member of a project team
  • Designing ecological mitigation and compensation schemes
  • Preparing ecological statements
  • Presenting and defending impact assessments at public inquiries
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