Wold Ecology’s Senior Ecologists and Directors are highly experienced and well-respected professionals with over 30 years’ experience in the ecology sector. Services offered include, but are not limited to, Ecological Appraisals, Extended Phase 1 Surveys, BREEAM and CfSH Assessments in addition to ecological elements for Environmental Impact Assessments and Wind Turbine Appraisals.
Ecological appraisals are a first stage generic survey, often where planning consent is sought for smaller developments. Ecological appraisals are often required to support planning applications to ensure compliance with the Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, and to ensure the client has regard to the purpose of conserving biodiversity in the exercise of their functions (Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006).
A desktop study is conducted through consultation with the local biological records centre and other relevant bodies. The assessment concentrates on species and habitats protected by law or of conservation concern. The advantage of this baseline work is that it can save costs by programming further surveys and evaluating impacts. This study can be used as a risk assessment tool for the first stage of planning and/or for sites of low ecological importance.
The Extended Phase 1 method is used as a first stage survey and assessment for larger scale projects. This establishes whether the study area has the potential for, or already contains, protected or threatened habitats and/or species.
A thorough desktop consultation with national statutory and non-statutory bodies, local conservation bodies and the Biodiversity Records Centre ensures that a comprehensive survey is undertaken. The habitats within the study area are mapped according to the techniques described in the publication Handbook for Phase 1 Habitat Survey (JNCC 1993).
During the site visit, notes are made of features of potential value to birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles or invertebrates, paying particular attention to species protected by law.
Target notes resulting from the Phase 1 survey can be used to recommend further Phase 2 study. The advantage of the baseline Phase 1 work is that it can save costs if no protected or threatened habitats and/or species are detected.
Our Consultancy Team offers a construction review service to assist in the acoustic design of buildings from inception through to construction. During the design phase, potential issues such as room acoustics, speech privacy and reducing the impact of external noise sources are all taken into account.
Our team has worked on projects as diverse as medical facilities, hotels, university lecture theatres, residential houses and flats, music rooms and interview suites. In all instances we ensure that acoustic separation between rooms meets both the regulatory requirements and the standards of the client.
When applying for planning permission for a residential development, it’s likely that a Noise Impact Assessment will be required to ensure noise from external sources is kept within suitable limits. Such assessments are generally formed under the guidance within British Standard 8233:2014.
Dragonfly Consulting has been involved in the development of over 200 wind turbine sites and has considerable experience liaising with local authorities to establish their requirements for assessment of applications. We have also been involved in the type approval of new wind turbines coming into the UK.
When applying for planning permission it’s likely that a Planning Noise Assessment will be required. For this you will need an Acoustic Consultant. Dragonfly Consulting can help with your project from single dwellings to developments of 100 properties.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations came into force in Great Britain on April 6th 2006. To comply with the regulations every employer must take steps to protect their employees, initially by undertaking a workplace noise assessment.
In order to offer our clients Air Tightness Testing and Ventilation Testing; Dragonfly Consulting have formed a partnership with Northern Air Tightness Testing Services, ensuring our projects comply with Part L1 and Part L2 of Building Regulations.
Chris Chittock, Managing Director of Dragonfly Consulting, has extensive experience in the preparation of expert witness services and providing technical evidence for planning enquiries, local authority licensing hearings and the civil courts.
Good lighting design enhances safety and improves security, it encourages movement, and encourages people to participate in outdoor working and sports activities. Good lighting design improves opportunities giving us a higher quality of life.
Ecological appraisals are often required to support planning applications to ensure compliance with the Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, and to ensure the client has regard to conserving biodiversity in the exercise of their functions.
In order to offer our clients Heritage Assessment and Consultancy services; Dragonfly Consulting have formed a partnership with Humble Heritage. Headed by Senior Heritage Consultant Liz Humble, the team at Humble Heritage allow us to offer to our clients an extensive range of heritage consultancy on all aspects of the historic environment.
Dragonfly Consulting in partnership with Kairus Ltd has extensive experience in providing monitoring, modelling and impact assessment services across a wide range of projects within the Air Quality sector. With extensive experience with the provision of air quality elements for Environmental Impact Assessments as well as stand-alone air quality projects.