Morningside, Tenbury Wells
48 new homes in Tenbury Wells
Pre-start works May 2020
On 12th May 2020, initial works were instigated on the site at Morningside, Tenbury Wells in preparation for the approved planning development of the site. These works had been delayed by the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 situation, therefore works are within the acknowledged bird breeding season. For this reason, a qualified and highly experienced ecologist attended prior to the works commencing and was present during the entire works to ensure that all operations did not impact on breeding birds, roosting bats or other protected species.
Works undertaken were minimal in extent and comprised the clearance of a 3m stretch of overgrown gateway along Morningside (this was needed to facilitate the delivery and installation of Tree Protective fencing and the machinery for archaeological investigations of the site) and a single mature willow pollard in the stream-course (this was needed to enable future installation of a culvert and the main site entrance roadway).
It can be confirmed that no nesting birds were affected and no bats or bat roosts encountered during the works, which were photographically recorded.
In compliance with BS5837 requirements, the fencing erected is standard Heras fencing, (set to protect the trees and tree roots on the site) with a fine green dust mesh to contain dust within the site during excavation. It is not ‘ bird netting’ and is much finer in mesh size, attached to the Heras fencing and is not covering trees or shrubs.
As such, all works undertaken were carried out with utmost care, conform with all wildlife laws, were under direct under ecological supervision and within all best practice ecological guidance.
The ecologist Dr Stefan Bodnar MCIEEM has many ecological specialisms. He runs the National training program for protected birds (barn owl, peregrine falcon) and for those undertaking breeding bird inspections for the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental management.