Ceri holds protected species licences for bats (England and Wales) and great crested newts and has successfully applied for numerous European Protected Species Licences (EPSL) for bats and development licences for badgers. In addition, Ceri is a Registered Consultant for the Natural England Bat Mitigation Class Licence (previously known as the BLICL).
Ceri has provided ecological support and advice across a broad range of projects within both public and private sectors. She frequently undertakes Preliminary Ecological Appraisals to identify the potential opportunities and constraints early within the planning process and to inform impact assessments. She is particularly experienced in complex Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) and Habitat Regulation Assessments (HRA). She works proactively with clients, project design teams and stakeholders, and has extensive experience designing and implementing proportionate and appropriate mitigation strategies to achieve the best outcomes.
She has worked on projects at the Wytch Farm Oilfield, the largest onshore oilfield in western Europe, for which Ceri worked closely with air quality and noise consultants, in conjunction with our in-house Environmental Planning team, to assess the potential effects on the numerous European protected sites that lie in close proximity to the site. Ceri produced the EcIA and the report to inform the HRA.
Ceri has also worked on projects at Tintagel Castle where we coordinated NVC surveys to inform the EcIA and HRA. Given the ecological sensitivities of the site, we consulted with Natural England and the Cornwall Council Ecologist throughout the process from scoping through to post planning condition discharge, to ensure any concerns were promptly resolved.
Ceri has worked on large-scale residential developments, including the Mindenhurst Village development at Deepcut, a multi-phase development for 1,200 dwellings. We worked on a number of reserved matters applications, and subsequent planning conditions, where we produced a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) management strategy and various ecological mitigation strategies. In addition, we secured a Natural England badger development licence to facilitate the removal of extensive areas of Japanese Knotweed.
Ceri regularly works on projects where her wide-ranging experience in bat mitigation has proved invaluable at obtaining a successful outcome. At the Royal High School in Bath, a site-wide bat mitigation licence was approved following detailed discussions with Natural England. This pragmatic approach allowed the works to progress over a number of years with us providing ongoing ecological advice, ensuring a very positive result for both the client and for the population of bats on site.