Sites have a responsibility to manage the environment. Construction sites can cause disturbance to the local ecosystem both during and long after completion. It is therefore important to manage this issue and reduce the impact as much as possible.
Sites should even further their actions and help enhance the environment, supporting the local area in the future.
The below example shows how one site demonstrated this:
- In order to safeguard and enhance biodiversity and to aid scientific research, many nesting birds were encountered across the scheme due to the wide variety of habitats traversed;
- As well as protecting these nests from construction activities and remaining compliant with UK wildlife legislation, the team have kept a log of all species so that the outcome of their breeding activity can be maintained;
- All nests discovered within the project have been plotted on a scheme drawing and records kept of bird “population.”;
- At the end of the nesting season, the record cards are submitted to the British Trust for Ornithology;
- The Environmental Advisor uses the BTO mobile phone application, Bird Track to log other sightings around the scheme.
This site has since developed and improved this innovation by incorporating BIM software, which is usually used for mapping health and safety hazards. Instead, the team used BIM to map all protected species on the project. This included warning symbols for ecological constraints like bat roosts, alerting the user to a potential clash with planned works.
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Monitor report. Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture. North Yorkshire. August 2016/January 2017.