RSK’s ecology team offers a complete ecological service ranging from early engagement advice to surveys and monitoring, licensing and mitigation. We have experienced specialists in all the major ecological disciplines. A summary of our expertise is provided below. Full details of specific surveys and assessments can be found on our service sheets by clicking on the appropriate links.
RSK routinely assists developers, engineers, architects and planners with regard to environmental work. The types of services we offer include
- Ecological mapping services
- Options appraisals, due diligence and constraints
- Scoping studies
- Ecological impact assessments (EcIA)
- Farm environment plans
- Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM assessments
- Ecological management plans
- Public enquiry and expert witness support.
Terrestrial habitat surveys
Terrestrial habitat surveys RSK undertakes include
- Preliminary ecological appraisals (PEA)
- Phase 1 and 2 habitat surveys
- Riparian habitat mapping.
Protected species surveys, mitigation and licensing
RSK currently undertakes surveys, designs mitigation measures and provides licensing advice for
- Common and hazel dormice
- Great crested newt
- Invertebrates (terrestrial and aquatic)
- Pine marten
- Red squirrel
- White-clawed crayfish
- Freshwater pearl mussel
- Water vole.
For information on survey timings for specific species, please see our survey timings calendar
Botanical surveys RSK undertakes include
- National Vegetation Classification (NVC) survey
- Hedgerow surveys
- River corridor and ditch surveys
- Invasive non-native plant surveys
- Botanical monitoring
- Rare plant surveys.
Our aquatic ecology services include
- Aquatic habitat surveys and diffuse pollution walkover surveys
- Fish health checks and surveys, and fisheries management and stocking advice
- Fish passage and screening assessments
- Invasive non-native species surveys and advice
- Macroinvertebrate surveys
- River restoration surveys and advice.
With specialists in all the major ecological disciplines, we can provide the full range of biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) related functions to international best practice standards, such as the International Finance Corporation Performance Standard 6, including
- Ecological baseline surveys
- Biodiversity action plans
- Ecological impact assessments for environmental impact assessments and input to critical habitat assessments
- Method statements for working in sensitive environments
- Due diligence
- Biorestoration design and monitoring
- Rare species translocations
- Long-term ecological monitoring.