Ecological mitigation

Once the ecological surveys for a proposed project are complete, the impact of a new development can be fully assessed. Assessment of this key information allows for detailed ecological mitigation proposals to be drawn up.

We use a variety of ecological mitigation strategies in order to avoid and reduce the impact of a new development on its local environment. In its broadest sense, mitigation includes avoidance, mitigation measures and compensation plans.

Ecological mitigation strategies

Biodiversity compensation

Compensation plans offset the damage to wildlife caused by a development where avoidance and mitigation measures are not possible or sufficient. Often, this can mean the creation of new habitat or enhancement of existing habitat. When this is required, our ecological contracting team are able to undertake all mitigation and compensation work required by our clients in order to meet planning criteria.


Approaches to mitigation can include all manner of strategies to reduce adverse impacts of development. For example, by using pollution interceptors to minimize pollution of watercourses, screens to reduce visual disturbance to birds, and tunnels under roads to allow wildlife to pass from one side of a road to the other.

Planning mitigation early in the project can be highly beneficial to the development and the community.

Strategy of avoidance

Avoidance is often the most cost-effective way to mitigate, for example, by adjusting the layout of a scheme in areas of high nature conservation value, or by altering timings of works so that the site is left undisturbed during sensitive times, such as the breeding season.

We help a wide range of our clients on a daily basis with their ecological mitigation needs. For expert guidance, talk to us today to understand how we can help you with your project requirements.

Thomson’s ecology handbook

This online version of the Thomson’s ecology handbook provides a general overview of current wildlife legislation* and is aimed at helping project managers understand and plan for ecology from the start.

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