United Kingdom - The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and Natural England have appointed Arcadis to a high-profile framework agreement to conduct ecological surveys on 1,500 ponds across the UK. The Ecology team will be working closely with supply-chain partners to survey ponds across four key areas: South Yorkshire, East Riding and Lincolnshire; Staffordshire and Shropshire; Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and Oxfordshire; and Essex.
“The UK is facing considerable pressure to speed up development and boost economic growth, but it’s imperative that this isn’t to the detriment of the natural environment. However, the current site-by-site approach to GCN mitigation is often expensive, without necessarily securing conservation benefits. District Licensing, if built on adequate baseline data on the distribution of GCNs, has the potential to implement appropriate protection measures at a landscape scale, to the benefit of GCNs and the UK economy.”
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