What we do

Middlemarch has a specialist Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) team with over 25 years combined experience in providing ecological support to all types of EcIA project, ranging from small-scale housing developments to major infrastructure projects. Our EcIA team has an in-depth understanding of all elements of complex projects, including EIA projects, and is able to provide high-quality support for both the pre-planning and post-planning stages.

Ecological Impact Assessment Process

Our experienced team will undertake all aspects of EcIA projects, including:

  • Collating and reviewing baseline survey data from a range of sources, including existing survey reports and data provided by relevant stakeholders.
  • Consultation with nature conservation stakeholders, either as part of the screening/scoping process or as a standalone ecological consultation exercise. This will ensure that the scope of the assessment is fit for purpose.
  • Evaluation of ecological resources on site at a geographical scale (e.g. local value, county value, national value).
  • Identification of potential impacts and effects in the absence of mitigation.
  • Design of appropriate avoidance and mitigation measures to allow potential effects to be avoided or minimised.
  • Assessment of residual effects after mitigation has been implemented, including the need for additional compensation where required.
  • Consideration of potential ‘in combination’ effects with other plans or projects.

Middlemarch Environmental can produce either a stand-alone Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) or the ecology and nature conservation chapter for a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

The EcIA process is iterative, requiring close team-working with other specialist consultants to ensure that any mitigation measures are incorporated into the scheme layout at an early stage and wherever possible, designed features can be used for dual purpose mitigation (e.g. SuDS).

Additional Services

The following associated services are provided by the Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) team:

  • Baseline ecological surveys
  • Habitat regulations assessments (HRA)
  • Habitat creation and enhancement