Marches Ecology - Project Examples
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Wrexham Recycling Park - Phase 1 (Waste Recycling and Composting Facility) and Phase 2 (Mechanical Biological Treatment Facility) AXIS PED Ltd/ FCC Environment

A separate Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) was produced for each phase of this Wrexham Privately-financed Initiative (PFI) project. Following the grant of planning permission two Welsh Government licenses were successfully obtained to enable translocation of Great Crested Newts from each phase. Marches Ecology has also managed and implemented all aspects of the agreed mitigation programmes including translocation of Great Crested Newts, turf and tree translocation, rare plant transplantation, mitigation for the Grizzled Skipper butterfly and compensatory habitat creation. This has involved regular consultation with a range of interested parties including the Local Authority Ecologist, Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Government, Butterfly Conservation, Chester Zoo, Clwyd Badger Group and North Wales Wildlife Trust.


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Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment - Two Residential Developments in Wrexham Anwyl Construction Ltd

Marches Ecology provided the information required in accordance with Category 9: Ecology of the Codes for Sustainable Homes Technical Guide 2010. The reports were required for two separate residential developments (35 and 92 units) in Wrexham.


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Ecological services and advice at a large operational industrial facility in Cheshire Urenco UK Ltd/ Urenco Chemplants Ltd

Ecological services associated with two projects at the Urenco UK Ltd site, Capenhurst, Cheshire: the replacement of a 4.1 km perimeter security fence, and the installation of a 1 km 11kV permanent power cable. Input associated with the planning submission for the fence replacement project involved completion of an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a 20 m wide corridor along the existing fence (approximately 8.2 hectares), a Badger sett survey, and provision of a Great Crested Newt risk assessment and RAMs method statement (informed by a pond scoping exercise). Further to planning permission being obtained, services have included provision of reptile and Glow Worm RAMs method statements and Ecological Clerk of Works supervision of the fence replacement process. Both projects involved obtaining and implementing Natural England Great Crested Newt ‘development’ licenses.


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Proposed Housing Development, Cheltenham Galliard Developments Ltd

Marches Ecology prepared an Ecological Appraisal of a 9.26 hectare site, for which an outline planning application was submitted for the development of up to 150 residential units. Surveys undertaken included an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey and detailed surveys for Great Crested Newts, Badgers, reptiles (Slow-worm), bats, invertebrates and hedges (in accordance with the Hedgerow Regulations 1997). An Ecological Mitigation Strategy was also prepared.


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Land at Glyn Ceiriog, Habitat Regulations Assessment Andrew Design Service

Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) of a parcel of land adjacent to Glan Llyn, Glyn Ceiriog, Wrexham in relation to the River Dee and Bala Lake (Afon Dyfrdwy a Llyn Tegid) Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The HRA was provided in support of an application for the site to be included (as an alternative site) within the Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) Deposit Local Development Plan (WdLDP). It was produced to ensure compliance with the requirements of The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.


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BREEAM Bespoke and BREEAM New Construction Airbus UK Ltd/ AXIS PED Ltd

Further to preparation of an Ecological Appraisal of a new factory facility, Marches Ecology provided ecological input/ advice with regards achieving LE4 (Mitigating Ecological Impact) and LE5 (Enhancing Site Ecology) credits, under the ‘Landuse and Ecology’ section of a BREEAM Bespoke scheme. Due to the particular site proposals associated with this project and its close proximity to an active airfield, permission was obtained from the Buildings Research Establishment to utilise an ex-situ site for habitat enhancement in order to achieve the required credits.

Information for the ‘Landuse and Ecology’ section of a BREEAM New Construction 2011 scheme was also provided for a separate proposed factory facility.


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Winsford Salt Mine AXIS PED Ltd/ Compass Minerals UK

Provision of ecological services in support of a planning application for an extension of life to the salt mine. Involved a walkover survey, a pond scoping survey (with regards Great Crested Newts) and detailed surveys for Badger and Otter. Further to the successful granting of the planning permission, Marches Ecology was retained to develop working protocols that would guide day-to-day (above ground) operations at the salt mine to avoid impacts on Badger, Otter, Great Crested Newts and reptiles. The working protocol for Badger and Otter includes an annual monitoring programme. Two Reasonable Avoidance Measures (RAMs) schemes have been developed and implemented to enable drainage projects to proceed without impacting on Otters. An Ecological Management Plan (EMP) has also been prepared and implemented for part of the site; this included the provision of an artificial Otter holt, bird and bat boxes and Grass Snake brash/ log piles. The EMP is subject to annual monitoring to ensure its effectiveness.


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Borras Bog Management Plan North Wales Wildlife Trust

A Conservation Management Plan was produced for the Borras Bog County Wildlife Site, Wrexham. The Management Plan utilised the Countryside Management System (CMS) structure. The site is a raised bog that has formed in a kettle-hole. The Management Plan was required to discharge a planning condition.


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Trunk Road Improvement Works AXIS PED Ltd

Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) of slope improvement works adjacent to the A5 trunk road near Hendre Arddwyfaen, Conwy. Improvement works now completed. Detailed surveys conducted in accordance with Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and as agreed with the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW); including Otters, Water Vole, Badgers, bats, National Vegetation Classification (NVC) and lichen/ bryophytes.

EcIAs/ Record of Determination (RoD) produced for similar improvement/ maintenance works on the A5 at Llangollen, the A494 at Nant Clwyd and Gwyddelwern (all Denbighshire) and the A5 near Padog (Conwy).


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Kington Medical Centre, Kington, Herefordshire Boyer Planning, Eider Rosa Ltd

Marches Ecology initially prepared an Ecological Appraisal of a greenfield site for a new medical centre on the outskirts of Kington. Further to planning approval, Marches Ecology was retained to prepare a Natural England Otter ‘development’ licence to enable work to lawfully proceed, a Method Statement to discharge a planning condition, and provision of Ecological Clerk of Works services throughout the construction.


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Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of 158 km route of a proposed overhead powerline Young Associates

Marches Ecology supplied the survey team leaders and project management for an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a 158 km route of a proposed overhead powerline upgrade project, between Dounreay and Beauly, North-east Scotland. The project included survey of access routes and assessment of areas within the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands SAC.