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Developments can often have a positive impact on wildlife, especially when sites are re-used or derelict sites are reclaimed.

Breeam Phase 1 Habitat survey in Mochdre, North Wales

UES were commissioned to conduct a Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a site in Mochdre, North Wales. The developer has plans to construct a small house on the site. The house is being designed to the Breeam standards and so ecological surveys of the site were required.

The site was surveyed and all species on site recorded. A report was issued detailing the various habitat types found on site, and their quality as wildlife habitat. The site is currently waste ground which is mainly brick hardcore, a habitat type which is of low quality. It was decided that ecological enhancements to the site and building design could make a positive impact on local wildlife. A landscaping and planting scheme was designed to attract more wildlife into the garden, and ensure that the building obtained the maximum available number of Breeam ecological credits.

As the developer is a keen wildlife enthusiast bat and bird boxes have been incorporated into the design of the building, these could provide a real benefit to local bat and bird populations.

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