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  • New class for Bat Licences will offer reduced cost and a quicker turnaround

    Posted On 9 Jul 2015 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Natural England has launched a new class licence for low impact bat works. This new licencing process has been developed to streamline the bat licence process and to reduce delays and costs.

    The new Low Impact Bat Licence will allow works on developments which will have a low impact on a small number of bats, while ensuring the works are undertaken within the law.

    Natural England has selected a small number of bat licenced surveyors who are able to issue this new licence. Only 70 surveyors in the UK have been selected and we’re pleased to announce that Middlemarch’s own Nick Steggall, our Principal Technical Consultant, has made the list.

    This means Middlemarch is one of the few consultancies are able to issue Low Impact Bat Licences without further consultation with Natural England. As a result, projects will be able to proceed without the delay of the standard bat licence.

    Nick Steggall explains: “The Low Impact Bat Licence process enables our clients to gain a bat licence for their development in a reduced time, compared to the standard licencing process. Our clients won’t have costly delays while waiting for the licence to be granted. There are also reduced restrictions as to when the when works can be undertaken.”

    This new process only applies to seven species of bat in the UK and excludes maternity roosts and hibernation roosts.

    If you would like to contact Nick for further details about the Low Impact Licence please call 01676 525880 or email

    Posted In Ecology Tagged

  • Nature conservationist receives prestigious award

    Posted On 12 Jun 2015 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Stephen Martin, patron of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, was awarded the medal in recognition of his vision and determination to convert a quarry site, owned by Humberside Aggregates, into a large and complex wetland, today known as North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve. Starting out as a series of sand and gravel quarries, North Cave Wetlands is now a thriving bird reserve, with over 213 species recorded including the once highly threatened avocet breeding on site. Stephen Martin said on receiving the award: “I was thrilled to hear that we were selected for the award, but wanted to ensure it recognised the partnership consisting of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, local volunteers, Humberside Aggregates and more recently Middlemarch Environmental and their staff, the partnership that has so successfully created North Cave Wetlands.” Thanks to Stephen’s enthusiasm to make North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve a success a further agreement has been reached with Humberside Aggregates to convert further phases of the quarry into extensions of the existing nature reserve. The Cadbury Medal is an annual award given in recognition of services to nature conservation and outstanding contribution to the work of The Wildlife Trusts.

    Follow link for further information Nature conservationist receives prestigious award

    Posted In Ecology, Biodiversity Tagged

  • Middlemarch Commit to the next generation!

    Posted On 12 May 2015 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Middlemarch Environmental Ltd commit to a minimum of 5% of its staff enrolled on formal apprenticeships, sponsored students and/or graduate development schemes for the next five years. This forms part of a wide sustainability strategy to facilitate the growth of the company and show commitment to making a difference to the UK’s prosperity. 

    Ecology as a sector recognises both experience and qualifications with equal merit which is helping develop a strong futureproof sector. This will help address the country’s skills shortage and recognises the importance of developing people as both a business and social imperative. 

    Dr Phillip Fermor, Managing Director, reports that “Middlemarch have always been committed to emerging talent and supporting the next generation. By joining the 5% club we have formally declared our intentions to continue our sponsorship of these individuals and many more in future years.”

    Posted In Ecology Tagged

  • Help! There’s a tree in the way of my pipe...

    Posted On 26 Feb 2015 by Middlemarch Environmental

    As a consultant I have heard many clients discuss at length how wonderful trees are and how they add an air of maturity to a development. Trees offer many benefits but it is amazing how opinions can change once they are deemed to be ‘in the way’. The simplest, and usually the most cost effective, option for a developer is to fell the tree. However this is not always possible, either due to legislative restrictions where the tree does not belong to the client, or simply because the client wishes to keep the tree for amenity purposes.

    One such case involved installation of a foul water pipe within close proximity of a Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) which was subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). The pipe was required to connect a new development with the existing water network which was located 22m from the development. At its closest the pipe passed 3.2m from the stem of the tree. Due to the development layout and location of the existing infrastructure, no alternative route for the pipe was possible.

    The presence of a TPO provides a degree of protection to the Sycamore tree and as such its removal was undesirable. The installation of the pipe using traditional methods (excavation with a mechanical excavator)would result in large scale severance, damage and loss of roots, potentially leading to the death of this tree. This is when the Middlemarch Arboriculture Team was called for assistance!

    First, the Arboricultural Team reviewed the options. To comply with legislation and prevent damage to the protected tree a precautionary approach was required for the pipe installation. Three options were considered: hand digging and spoil removal with hand tools; excavation with an ‘air-spade’ and spoil removal with hand tools; and excavation with an ‘air-spade’ and spoil removal via vacuum. The first two options, which use traditional hand tools, were considered unsuitable as the use of spades, picks and forks would still result in root severance and a long term impact upon the protected tree. Excavation with an ‘air-spade’ and removal of spoil with a vacuum was consequently selected as the most appropriate method.

    Vacuum excavation of soil uses a high power vacuum suction system. A jet of air (delivered via an air-spade) is used to first loosen soils. The soil is then extracted using an air vacuum hose which transports it to a spoil/debris tank for later disposal or backfilling, which is a bit like a giant vacuum cleaner. The use of this technique allows the tree roots to be exposed and therefore avoided (and not damaged) during the installation of the pipe.

    To further ensure the Sycamore tree was not damaged during the works, Middlemarch attended the site to supervise the excavation works. The vast majority of roots could be retained and were covered with hessian sacking to prevent desiccation while the trench was open. Any minor roots that were damaged were severed using secateurs to leave a clean wound which reduced the potential for infection with pathogens. The pipe was successfully installed and no impact upon the tree is envisaged.

    This example demonstrates there are usually options available to allow retention of trees which are seen to be ‘in the way’. Middlemarch’s Arboricultural Team are more than happy to discuss ideas with clients. You might be surprised how simple some options are and what a difference retaining trees makes to a development.

    To find out more or to book an appointment, give Middlemarch Envrionmental a call on 01676 525 880 or click here to use our contact form.


    Posted In Aboricultural Tagged

  • Arboricultural Services: Vacuum Excavation

    Posted On 2 Feb 2015 by Middlemarch Environmental

    BarhaleWSP were involved in the installation of a foul water pipe in close proximity to a protected Sycamore tree at a development site in Leeds. The Middlemarch Arboricultural Team were contacted to provide pragmatic advice on preventing harm to the protected tree during the works. In consultation with the client it was determined that vacuum excavation was the most appropriate method.

    Vacuum excavation of soil uses a high power vacuum suction system. Firstly a jet of air (delivered via an air-spade)is used to loosen soils. The soil is extracted through an air vacuum hose which transports it to a spoil/debris tank for later disposal or backfilling. The use of this technique allowed tree roots to be exposed and therefore avoided (and not damaged) during the installation of the pipe. The pipe was successfully installed without any harm to the tree.

    Posted In Aboricultural Tagged

  • New Opportunity at Middlemarch Environmental Ltd

    Posted On 22 Jan 2015 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Ecological Consultant 

    Are you keen to use your ecological knowledge to the full in a hands-on and varied working environment?  Want the chance to live and work in a stunning part of the country?  Then this role may be just what you are looking for!

    As one of the leading ecological consultancy companies in the UK, Middlemarch Environmental provides client focused, cost effective advice and expertise on all ecological issues that occur during the planning and development process.

    The Ecological Consultant role will be based at our office in the centre of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, covering projects primarily within the midlands and north of England. Ashbourne is located within the Derbyshire Dales, at the south of the Peak District National Park and as such, offers the opportunity to live and work within an attractive location, ideal for outdoor interests.  You would be joining a small, friendly team which is led by our Associate Director, Colin Bundy.

    As a key member of the Ecology Team you will undertake a wide variety of field surveys and ensure that advice and recommendations resulting from these surveys are communicated effectively to clients through written reports and verbal communication.

    As well as a competitive salary, Middlemarch Environmental offers an exceptional bonus scheme whereby it is possible to boost your remuneration significantly.

    Holding personal protected species licences such as great crested newt and bat licences together with experience in preparing European Protected Species licence applications would be particularly advantageous. - See more at:

    For a copy of the skills/experience and accountabilities required for this role, please download the document below. Closing date for applications will be 18th February 2015.  Interviews will held on 25th February 2015 at our main office in Coventry.

    To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter by email to, or by post; FAO Ruth Green Triumph House, Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9AZ.

    Posted In Ecology, Ecology Tagged

  • New Opportunitiy at Middlemarch Environmental Ltd

    Posted On 15 Oct 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Book Keeper/ Accounts Assistant 

    Closing date: Thursday 30th October 2014

    Location: Middlemarch Environmental Ltd, Triumph House, Birmingham Road, Coventry, West Midlands CV5 9AZ

    Job ref: BKAA-14

    Bring experienced book keeping skills to one of the UK’s leading ecological consultancies.

    Middlemarch Environmental is the trading subsidiary of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. It is one of the UK’s leading ecological consultancies, providing ecological surveys for a nationwide range of clients.

    We are seeking an experienced Book keeper/Accounts Assistant to work 40 hours per week Monday to Friday.

    Day to day responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    -All aspects of the sales and purchase ledgers including scheduling BACs payments to suppliers
    -Raise and process sales invoices, receipts, payments and expenses
    -Petty cash, banking, credit cards and bank reconciliations
    -Prepayments, accruals and other nominal ledger journals through to trial balance stage
    -Credit Control
    -Occasional involvement in the payroll (to cover periods of absence)
    -First point of contact for all finance related queries

    The successful applicant will have strong book keeping experience with the ability to manage their own workload an essential as the line manager for this position is based elsewhere.

    The applicant will have excellent communication skills with a highly organised approach. An eye for detail and organisational skills are paramount. They will be proficient in the use of Sage 50 Accounts, Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.

    Experience of Sage Payroll and/or Credit Hound software would be an advantage, but is not essential as training will be provided where necessary.

    Click here for further information

    Posted In Ecology Tagged

  • Middlemarch Feature on BBC 2 -The Motorway Life In The Fast Lane

    Posted On 8 Oct 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

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    Middlemarch Environmental Ltd have been working alongside Moore Environment and the Highways Agency on a major road scheme in the Midlands.

    The project has recently featured on BBC 2 - The Motorway Life In The Fast Lane.

    The documentary includes all aspects of the motorway system, including the work Middlemarch has been undertaking on M1 Junction 19.


    Posted In Ecology, Ecology Tagged

  • Ecological Surveys – Frensham Heights – IID Architects

    Posted On 7 Jul 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Middlemarch Environmental has recently been involved in the ecological surveys required for Frensham Heights School in Hampshire. The development involved the demolition of the existing medical centre building and photography building with the construction of a new performing arts centre.

    IID Architects instructed Middlemarch to carry out the necessary ecological surveys, which involved an extended phase 1 habitat survey and bat surveys. The surveys undertaken identified that the buildings contained a summer non-maternity bat roost for a low number of common pipistrelle bats. To ensure the development progressed, Middlemarch undertook the required bat licencing works, which ensured there was no breach in the European legislation for bats. IID Architects we are able to carry on the demolition under the watchful eye of one of our licenced bat surveyors.   No bats were found in the building during the works and the buildings were demolished. IDD Architects are also building new bat roosts into the new buildings.

    Alan Brown – IID ArchitectsMiddlemarch Environmental Ltd was a great help on this project. I would like to thank the team who work on Frensham Heights Schools, as with their assistance we were able to turn the project round quickly and met the tight deadlines set by the planners. The weather did not make it easy for the team at Middlemarch, but I have appreciated their co-operation and support throughout this process, which has made a potentially frustrating exercise less painful!


    Posted In Ecology Tagged

  • BREEAM 2011 Ecology – Increasing Biodiversity in the Urban Environment

    Posted On 4 Jun 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Middlemarch Environmental Ltd has recently been involved in the redevelopment of a site in Islington. Tonkin Liu Ltd appointed Middlemarch to work as part of the consult team to develop six new office and retail units at the Old Street Yard site in Islington, London.

    The project consisted of a mix of demolition to facilitate new builds and also the refurbishment of a number of retained buildings.

    Middlemarch worked closely with Tonkin Liu Ltd and undertook the ecological surveys on sites, which included BREEAM 2011 Ecology Assessment, Initial Bat assessment and a bird risk assessment.

    The results of the surveys indicated that there would be no negative ecological impact due to the development.

    The new designs incorporated into the new and remaining buildings meant that our client had the potential to achieve 9 of the 10 ecology credits available. The new designs included a green roof and planting strategy. A green roof is typically a roof with plants growing on it. With urban development increasingly claiming areas of natural habitat, green roofs offer an opportunity to enhance biodiversity in an otherwise redundant space. The roofs are built up in layers on top of the existing roof structure with a growth substrate. Green walls are walls which are completely or partially covered by plants and foliage. Green walls can also be used to add biodiversity value and attractiveness to vertical space.

    Anna Kiu – Tonkin Liu LtdMiddlemarch Environmental Ltd was a great help on this project. The were able to advise on all ecology aspect, including how to achieve additional BREEAM ecology credits”

    Posted In BREEAM/CfSH, Ecology Tagged