We deliver a range of ecological services to the business community at both a strategic and a project level
Case Study - Wessex Water
Wessex Water Implements Commitment to Biodiversity Action Plan
In addition to essential water and sewerage services provided to 3 million people in the South West, Wessex Water have developed a Biodiversity Action Plan into their corporate structure.
Under this Plan, Wessex Water want to know about the diversity and abundance of the wildlife on their sites, and how this can be safeguarded and enhanced. Measuring their environmental impact in a robust, scientific way is an essential part of delivering against their plan.
We were contracted to carry out ornithological assessments at nine Wessex Water sites.
Our experts designed a sampling protocol and survey scheme that would allow us to establish which bird species were present and where they occurred, and how abundant they were. We designed the scheme to be repeated over time, to monitor how the status of the bird fauna might be changing.
Among the many species identified, threatened and declining species such as the marsh tit were found. We provided management advice to Wessex Water, with a view to improving habitats at the sites for such species.
We continue to monitor the bird populations at the sites, which will ultimately allow Wessex Water to know precisely what impacts their habitat enhancements are having.
Wessex Water own large tracts of land and have operations that span the South West region including treatment works and pumping stations.
Many of you will have been reading the stories in the news recently about an increase in unexplained deaths of brown hares and the possibility that Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease or myxomatosis is now infecting them. Dr Diana Bell from the University of East Anglia's School of Biological Sciences has urged members of the public to […]