Working with Wildlife: Guidance for the construction industry

2nd edition. John Newton, Barry Nicholson, Rachel Saunders

The second edition of the Working with Wildlife guide is now available from CIRIA. Written by leading ecologists at The Ecology Consultancy, this new edition provides an essential reference for all those in the construction industry who need to be up-to-date with wildlife issues in the course of their work.

All forms of development can impact on wildlife in a number of ways including:

  • Direct habitat and species loss – disturbing or destroying habitats and the species that live there
  • Fragmentation of habitats leading to species loss
  • Disturbance – for example by noise and light
  • Accidental introduction or spread of foreign or invasive species
  • Insensitive landscape design and management

Everything from bats, badgers, and great crested newts, to nesting birds and invasive non-native species, can be found in and around construction sites and land designated for development. Any one of these can halt a project or jeopardise planning permission, or some other form of consent, if the proper steps, such as surveys, impact assessments and mitigation measures, are not taken. This newly updated Guide gives construction managers the tools they need to make the right decisions around wildlife on site.

The second edition provides an overview of the fundamentals of ecology and illustrates how good practice can positively benefit construction and biodiversity. It also gives a comprehensive insight into the legislation and gives practical guidance on working with ecology specialists, including notes on when to call in the experts. The Working with Wildlife Guide comes complete with a CD-Rom containing a series of toolbox talks, and habitat and species briefings. It will be invaluable to a wide range of construction professionals including developers, contractors, architects and planners.

ISBN: 978-0-86017-691-6
Author: Newton, J, Nicholson, B, Saunders, R
Publisher: CIRIA
Date of Publication: October 2011

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