Standing up for wildlife at a national and local level plays a key part in our work.
We join The Wildlife Trusts at a national level to campaign against the badger cull, for Marine Conservation Zones and sustainable transport policy, on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, and to save our vanishing wildflower grasslands.
Locally, we’ve always campaigned and one of our first major successes in 1981 was saving Royate Hill from housing, with the first compulsory purchase of a wildlife site in the country. We fought to save a designated wildlife site from the Bristol City Football Stadium development, we worked successfully with local communities to save green spaces from development across Bristol in our campaign on the Council's Area Green Space Plans, we went 'Bats for Bath', and successfully campaigned for a 'Wild Mayor'.
Currently we have policy statements relating to live planning and development issues including fracking.
Development can cause serious harm to wildlife but it doesn't have to and with careful thought new development can deliver biodiversity improvements. Our planning role is as much about promoting positive outcomes as it is about fighting harmful proposals.
We are committed to working with planners, developers, communities and other environmental bodies to ensure that development decisions are as environmentally sustainable as possible.
Examples of innovative partnership work include the creation of Portbury Wharf and Bathampton Meadow nature reserves, which are providing wildlife habitats for endangered species such as otters and water voles and help prevent homes flooding.
Our consultancy provides a comprehensive range of ecological services including impact assessments and mitigation.