Working with wildlife


Introduction to Working with wildlife

Most proposed developments will have some wildlife interest, whether they are situated in rural or urban areas. The most important wildlife sites are usually designated in some way and other sites may still have wildlife interest but are not designated or otherwise protected. In general, wherever there is some wildlife on a site, this should at least be acknowledged and the potential adverse impacts on it avoided if possible, or reduced to a minimum if not.

Course content outline

 Are you working in the construction industry and concerned about your overall environmental performance? Are you managing a site and have wildlife issues to deal with, but few or no ideas about how to handle them? Then this is the training course for you!

  • Introduction – aims
    Participants' introductions
  • Why bother?
    History of wildlife and nature, conservation in the British Isles and why wildlife is important and it's interactions with the construction industry inc. EMS, BREEAM, CEEQUAL etc
  • Ecology – the basics
    Principles and jargon and legislation
  • Planning and biodiversity
    Powers of local planning authorities, Planning Policy Guidance and Biodiversity Action Plans
  • Protected species
    What they are they and how to deal with them
  • Noxious plants
    What they are and how to deal with them
  • Wildlife survey
    What are they? Who carries them out? When should they happen?
  • Where next?
    Where and how to get help, consultants and how to select them, role of third parties and what can you do?
  • Discussion
    Final questions and conclusions

More information

For more information and to discuss in-house training requirements contact Nipa Patel on 020 7549 3300.

Meet the trainer

John Newton, Managing Director, Ecology Consultancy Ltd and Environment Director, Crane Environmental Ltd
John has spent the past 15 years working with the construction industry to improve its performance on ecological issues. 

Best course I've done, excellent speaker, topic genuinely interesting. Made me want to learn more about ecology."

Mott MacDonald

"Good introduction to understand what, why, how, who, etc."

Mott MacDonald

"...I now feel more confident to deal with and appreciate 'wildlife on site'."
East Herts District Council