During ecological surveys a number of habitats and species were identified on site including broadleaved woodland, hedgerows, nesting and breeding birds, bats and barn owl. Although not identified at the time of survey, the potential for badger and reptile was also noted.
A range of mitigation and enhancements are proposed to ensure no net loss of biodiversity. These include:
- Maintaining the rough tussocky grassland in areas of green space;
- Utilising the Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) as opportunities to enhance the site for species such as amphibians,
- Enhancement to woodland planting of native species; and
- The use of bird and bat boxes and log piles to create additional habitats for species within the site.
The retention of so much of the open space and woodland will provide excellent opportunities for habitat retention, but also biodiversity enhancement and creation.