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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.

Meet the trainers

Rachel Saunders|Associate Director | Temple Group 
Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in ecology and conservation and is experienced in the management of  designated sites and a good working knowledge of UK and European legislation and national planning policy and guidance.

Sarah Ive | Principal Ecologist | Temple Group 
Sarah has been with Temple for 9+ years working on a variety of schemes including those for highway, rail, housing, and utility projects. She works on a wide range of different taxa, but her main interests are in hazel dormouse, badger and reptiles.

Feedback from previous courses

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

Mott MacDonald

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