The project to widen stretches of the M25 has involved The Ecology Consultancy’s ecologists in working alongside the contractor Skanska Balfour Beatty JV to safeguard wildlife and, in particular, to undertake a major translocation of reptiles and great crested newts to suitable habitat nearby.
Section 4a of the M25 (a 5.3 mile stretch between Junctions 27 and 28), attained the CEEQUAL Award. The Ecology Consultancy contributed the ecology and biodiversity chapter of the Assessment. The rest of Section 4 will be assessed by CEEQUAL at a later date.
Overall our ecologists have supervised the conservation of over 2500 wild animals, including lizards, great crested newts, toads and frogs, slow worms, grass snakes, and adders, across section 4. Clearance of trees and scrub vegetation has been kept to a minimum, with losses compensated by the introduction of new native planting, sensitive landscaping and habitat creation.
CEEQUAL is the assessment and awards scheme for improving sustainability in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and the public realm, and celebrates the achievement of high environmental and social performance. This evidence-based award rigorously assesses performance on management in 12 areas of environmental and social concern (including Ecology and Biodiversity). The question set is also used by project teams to influence their thinking and actions on the issues covered and assessed, thus promoting further improvements to environmental and social performance.
More details on CEEQUAL at www.ceequal.com or call +44 (0) 20 3137 2379.