Scotland's Road Networks
Name: Bridges replacements (Criche, Utha, Ba, Ranochan, Arieniskill bridges) repair (Cromarty, Invergarry, Spey, Eas Dubh North) and Survey (eg Wellington Layby, Abercairnie wall, Auchmore walls, Rest and be thankfull, Dalwhinnie and Bunloyne Junction, Corran and Ballachulish Cycleway)
Clients: BEAR Scotland, Mouchel, Jacobs, The Highland Council, RJ Mcleods, Scotland Transerve, John-Paul Construction
Dates: September 2009 – Present
Services provided: Ecological Surveys ahead of road improvement works on trunk roads including bat surveys of structures and trees, otter badger and red squirrel surveys (>50). Provision of ECoW (Environmental Clerk of Works) on new bridges or during refurbishment
Issues and challenges: Active badger clans , watercourses, , breeding birds, bats, trees, red squirrel, GCN
Licence requirements: SPA and SAC marine licensing, Badger and otter disturbance and exclusion licence, Breeding birds licence, Bat licensing (disturbance and roost replacement)
Solutions and mitigation: Pre-construction protected species surveys undertaken and exclusion zones established, toolbox talks undertaken to operatives and sub-contractors. Mitigation Plan and licence application for disturbance and exclusion of badgers and breeding birds.