Protected Species Surveys

HDA carries out a broad range of surveys for protected and notable habitats and species including bats, badgers, dormice, otters, water voles, birds, reptiles, great crested newts, invertebrates and plants.

project examples

STEEL CROSS

Working with ASP, HDA helped Knight Developments achieve a resolution to grant planning permission for this scheme of 103 homes in Wealden District.The site is within the High Weald AONB and within 7km of the Ashdown Forest SPA/SAC. HDA’s inputs included landscape, ecology, masterplanning and expert witness.

EDENBROOK COUNTRY PARK

HDA ecologists and landscape architects led the design of a 40ha ‘Super SANG’ at Edenbrook, Fleet in Hampshire. The SANG was created to off-set the adverse effects of recreational pressure arising from new housing development on the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA). The SANG provides a variety of wetlands, flood meadows and open …

HOUGHTON REGIS

HDA provided ecological and arboricultural input in support of the successful EIA application for the construction of up to 5150 residential dwellings and associated employment, education, infrastructure and open space at approximately 262ha of land at Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. The work was carried out on behalf of Lands Improvement Holdings (LIH). The work also included …

HIGH LEIGH

A residential led mixed use development for approximately 500 homes to the west of Hoddesdon. The project constituted a major development within the Green Belt. HDA has been involved with this project from the outset, providing initial baseline information and identifying landscape constraints and opportunities, which were used to inform the masterplan approach and layout. …

BIDDENHAM NEWTS

HDA has co-ordinated ecological surveys and produced the Ecology chapter to the Environmental Statement for a scheme to develop 132 ha of land as a mixed use development at Biddenham in Bedfordshire. The scheme includes a 40 hectare Country Park and Nature Reserve. Within the Nature Reserve, HDA have created ponds specifically to receive a …