• Biodiversity Training

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    Milner Ecology Ltd can provide consultancy and training on all elements of biodiversity issues. We have provided technical advice and in-field capacity to mentor junior staff from other consultancies and are currently developing a relationship with Lancaster University to provide placements for students to gain real world experience.

    We also provide on-site training of construction staff in environmental issues and constraints via workshops and tool-box talks.

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    breeam logoBREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is the most widely used environmental assessment method for new build developments and refurbishment of existing buildings. It provides the de facto measures used to describe the environmental performance of a building and is widely used in sustainable design. With its straightforward scoring system, it provides an easy way to communicate the results of a survey to planners and builders so they can take local ecological and environmental issues fully into account in the decision making process.

    Milner Ecology Ltd meets the 'Suitably Qualified Ecologist' (SQE) Criteria which enables us to prepare code reports in relation to the Ecological Criteria (Eco 1-4). Our approach is to maximise the amount of credits available to our clients, whilst achieving real ecological gains. We have experience of gaining ecological credits for the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) and BREEAM Schools projects which can be applied across the BREEAM portfolio.



    Calderdale Schools


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  • Ecological Clerk of Works

    A key consideration for large scale projects is ensuring environmental commitments made during the planning or EIA process are adhered to during construction.

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    As separate contractors and managers are often responsible for different parts of a project it is important to maintain continuity in the way that environmental issues are dealt with to ensure that legal requirements are discharged in the appropriate manner.

    Milner Ecology Ltd can provide supervision of project implementation, ecological watching brief, environmental record keeping, environmental audit and production of ecological method statements. We also bring extensive experience of translating technically complex ecological documents in an appropriately tailored manner to a variety of operatives from project managers to on-site contractors.



    Copperwood Way, Chorley

    Group 4 North, BAE Chorley 

    Pannal to Nether Kellet Gas Pipeline


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  • Ecological Impact Assessment

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    The purpose of impact assessment is to ensure that decision makers take account of the possible negative or positive impact that a project may have on the environment. Milner Ecology Ltd has been involved with the ecological aspects of many Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for large developments and land use change. We can provide full Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) or specific input as part of larger reports.

    Our ecological evaluation, impact assessment and mitigation designs follow the IEEM Guidleines for Ecological Assessment in the United Kingdom (2006), wherever practicable. coastal heath small

    The final stage of our approach involves working with appropriate stakeholders to ensure they understand the possible effects of the development. We can then ensure the best approach to mitigation is fully understood and implemented.

    We are also able to offer long-term, post-construction monitoring if requested by LPAs and SNCOs - a complete, turnkey solution that ensures consistency across your project, its recommendations and implementation.



    Hole House Farm Gas Pipeline

    Brecon to Tirley Gas Pipeline
    Kennet Valley Park

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  • Ecological Survey and Assessment

    At Milner Ecology Ltd we believe that understanding the ecological issues of any project is fundamental to effective planning and decision making. Our experience makes us the ideal partner for assessing your environmental and ecological needs. Not only do we offer a full range of surveying and assessment techniques, but you get our total commitment to making these work for you, and to providing the best quality of service.

    We carefully asses each project individually and undertake only those services which the project requires. Our assessments cover a wide area of environmental and ecological elements such as:

    • survey quadrantPhase 1 Habitat surveys
    • Phase 2 ecological surveys 

    National Vegetation Classification (NVC)

    Hedgerow Survey

    River Corridor Survey

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    Reptile Survey

    Badger Survey

    Otter Survey

    Water Vole Survey

    Dormouse Survey

    White-Clawed Crayfish Survey

    Bird Survey

    All surveys are undertaken in accordance with methodologies recommended in the IEEM Guidance on Survey Methodolgies (2006) and other emerging standards from IEEM. It is also important to undertake surveys at the correct time of year in order to avoid potential delays at the planning application stage. See our survey calendar for optimal survey periods.

    These surveys provide valuable information to support planning applications. They can identify potential habitats for protected species, and any constraints that might impact on a project – all of which can help avoid costly delays later.

    Our experience allows us to assess the ecological baseline of a site and to develop creative ways this might be enhanced as projects are developed. As well as supplying the initial report, we will also provide you with recommendations and ways of implementing those recommendations that work naturally and in an environmentally friendly manner.



    Coombes Wood, Wokingham

    Walk Mills, Keighley

    AMP5 Water Main Refurbishment

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  • Environmental Law

    Negotiating the minefield of environmental legislation can be a tricky process.

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    • What species are protected and in what circumstances?
    • Does my development impinge on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's) and how does this affect my plans?
    • What bylaws are there for the area I am in?
    • How do I negotiate the environmental issues imposed by planning conditions?

    Not only are there many questions requiring answers, you might equally want to know how to set about a particular process and need advice before you begin the project.

    Milner Ecology Ltd is experienced in providing first class consultation or legislative advice on environmental and ecological matters in a way that allows you to manage your own projects or we can deal directly with the appropriate regulatory bodies.

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  • Invasive Species Survey

    Invasive species, as identified under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981 as amended) are a growing threat to biodiversity in the UK. These species upset the balance of the ecosystem as they may be faster growing or more crassulaaggressive than the native species. They may also have fewer natural predators to control their spread. Native species are often unable to compete and the invasive species take over.

    Invasive species, such as Japanese knotweed Fallopia japonica can be costly and time consuming to remove and cause significant delays if discovered during works. However with a pre-construction survey, the implications can be assessed early. Contaminated areas can be avoided or an eradication scheme undertaken at a known cost and timescale which can be incorporated into the project plan.



    Trojan Plastics, Huddersfield

    AMP5 Water Main Refurbishment

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  • Mapping


    The presentation of potentially complex ecological information in visual form is a key part of Phase 1 Habitat surveys and is also undertaken as part of data searches, Ecological Impact Assessments and protected species licences. It is vital to be able to show large amounts of data clearly and concisely, for example to highlight ecological constraints for a pipeline routing project. Maps provide an essential tool for contractors to illustrate constraints and for implementing mitigation measures. We can provide a full range of mapping solutions for your project.



    AMP5 Water Main Refurbishment

    CNI Security Upgrades

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  • Project Management

    pipeline-siteMilner Ecology Ltd has the knowledge and experience to provide the project management and support required to ensure the ecological elements of your project come in on time and within budget. An integral part of this process is advising clients on their environmental responsibilities under the relevant legislation in a timely and understandable manner. 

    This can be achieved through the production of reports and method statements, leading meetings with an environmental focus and contributing environmental information to wider project meetings. 

    It is also vital to organise surveys and coordinate staff to undertake works in a manner which complements the overall project schedule to avoid bottlenecks and potential delays. Early negotiation with environmental regulators and maintaining a good working relationship between the client, contractors and regulators is also important for the smooth running of a project. 



    Pannal to Nether Kellet Gas Pipeline

    AMP5 Water Main Refurbishment

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  • Protected Species Licensing

    We offer a comprehensive survey and assessment service covering all plant and animal groups including those specifically protected by UK and European wildlife legislation. We hold handling and disturbance licences for a range of protected species.

    The presence of protected species is a material consideration for planning authorities when determining planning applications. Surveys must be undertaken at the correct time of year to ensure an accurate baseline and must be undertaken prior to submission.

    Initial and dedicated surveys allow us to determine whether a population of a particular species is present in the local environment and to advise our clients on licensing requirements and the most suitable form of mitigation to allow projects to proceed.

    Species covered include: White clawed crayfish

    • Great crested newt
    • Badger
    • Otter
    • Water Vole
    • Dormouse
    • White-clawed Crayfish

    This is a core area of Milner Ecology's activity and we believe we can provide the best advice and guidance to our clients available.



    Globe Way, Buckley

    CNI Security Upgrades

    Improved Access to Wrexham Industrial Estate


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  • Protected Species Mitigation

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    Milner Ecology Ltd is experienced in the on-site delivery and implementation of protected species licences both for European Protected Species and those covered by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). We can provide suitably experienced and qualified staff to supervise the installation of mitigation measures i.e. fencing and to undertake the associated capture programmes. We can also provide project support and oversight to ensure that the results of your projects match the planned mitigation.

    We are partnering with other organisations to explore new approaches and tools to improve the effectiveness of environmental mitigation techniques. As a business, we take a very pragmatic approach to the real needs of any project and specific site issues. Our experience in this area means that we can provide you with the best advice and practical solutions to ensure your developments make the minimum impact on the environment.



    Group 4 North, BAE Chorley

    Hole House Farm Gas Pipeline


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  • Survey Calendar

    Milner Ecology survey calendarEcological surveys must be undertaken at correct time of year or there is the risk that a species will not be recorded as it may be hibernating or dormant. If the surveys are undertaken outside the accepted survey period they will not provide a sufficiently robust baseline against which to assess the impacts of a development. This may lead to planning permission being refused or the discovery of protected species during works which can lead to significant project delays and additional costs.

     Our Survey Calendar identifies the optimal periods for survey work to ensure the results are accurate and robust.

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