BS 42020 – was published in August 2013, providing recommendations for a rigorous approach to gathering and presenting ecological information. In its simplest form, it provides guidance for any professionals within the ecological sector, including those outside of ecological consultancy, such as planners, developers and architects.
Workshop: purpose and implementation
In November, Native Ecology attended a training course run by CIEEM and delivered by Mike Oxford from the Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE). The day was not intended as a lecture on the Standards, but a workshop with group discussions regarding where the Standard fits in, the information covered and how it can best be implemented. We looked at the common issues that arise during the planning process relating to ecology, from pre-application to post construction and monitoring, and how these could be tackled using BS42020. Our group was diverse, with professionals from Local Planning Authorities, Highways Agency, the Forestry Commission, the Environment Agency and of course ecological consultants (which resulted in lively discussion!).
Setting the benchmark
At Native Ecology we pride ourselves on delivering the highest standard of ecological survey work, analysis and reporting. We rely on years of experience and professional judgement, whilst utilising available guidance where appropriate. As described by Mike during the workshop, BS42020 is comparable to a Haynes Manual, a document to be referred to time and again, in this case to steer a project through the planning process. Our ecologists will be keeping a copy close at hand, referencing the document to ensure that our clients receive proportionate advice, to an industry standard that will efficiently secure the best possible outcome for biodiversity and development.
To discuss how the BS 42020 can benefit your project, please contact us today.