Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Ecological Impact Assessments

  • Ecological Impact Assessments

    Our research group is interested in how ecology is taken into account when large built developments are proposed.  Back in 1997 we began research which considered the importance of ecology in planning application documents.   In particular we were interested in how the negative impacts to wildlife are mitigated for - usually in the form of habitat creation, especially to measure whether what was being proposed actually worked.  Our research continues to inform the debate surrounding the use of habitat creation as a mitigation measure when built development negatively impacts upon wildlife sites.  Much of our work is in an advisory capacity and currently our work features regularly in the "critical natural capital" arena, via our work on biodiversity offsets.

    Photo 10 - Construction at Abberton cropped

    Construction work at Abberton Reservoir