On a recent project in Essex, the development site was near to a Local Wildlife Site (LWS) and part of the planning conditions negotiated required habitat enhancements to encourage birds and bats to continue to occupy the area. In this case, we were able to recommend and subsequently install bird and bat boxes on retained trees. This provided suitable hibernating places for bats and nesting places for robins, woodpeckers, owls, and other birds. Our team used a Mobile Elevated Working Platform (MEWP) to access the trees and install the boxes at the correct height for each of the species to be housed.
This approach met the planning conditions, and helped the wildlife – all with minimal investment from the developer.