Pro Vision Ecology was commissioned to carry out a Phase I ecological assessment on an area of land within a residential garden at Old Alresford. Following the initial Phase I assessment the need for further surveys for reptiles was identified as the land within the footprint of the development was shown to be suitable for ‘widespread’ reptiles such as grass snake (Natrix natrix) and slow-worm (Anguis fragilis). The proposals include the removal of suitable reptile habitat to create a hardstanding parking area and garage facility for the existing residential dwelling.
The subsequent Phase II reptile surveys recorded the presence of a low population of slow-worms and grass snakes throughout the site. The area of land within the footprint of the hardstanding parking and garage consists entirely of suitable reptile habitat.
To ensure the reptiles using the site were protected during and post development, Pro Vision Ecology designed a mitigation strategy to relocate the reptiles present and provide enhanced areas of reptile habitat post development. The mitigation strategy included a translocation which involved the temporary fencing of the site with reptile fencing and the inclusion of artificial refugia which will be visited for a period of 30 days under suitable weather conditions to remove and relocate any reptiles found to the receptor site outside of the reptile fencing. The receptor site was enhanced with a reptile hibernaculum prior to the translocation being undertaken.
The client has obtained the required planning permission for the development and the translocation was undertaken between the 20th March and the 8th April 2017. During the translocation, a total of 10 slow-worms were captured and relocated to the designated receptor site outside of the area being impacted upon through the development.