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Ecology Services

Often when planning is granted, conditions will be set, which may include ecological requirements such as detailed Ecological Mitigation and Management Plans, or that licences are obtained prior to the commencement of works.

These conditions will often require the input of an ecologist. At CEC, we have a team of ecologists with extensive experience in ecological monitoring and mitigation covering Cornwall, Devon and the rest of the Southwest.

The level of input required will vary from project to project, but may include:

  • Obtaining licences for disturbance to species (e.g. bats)
  • Updating ecological survey prior to start of construction
  • Advising on project programme to minimise impacts on wildlife (e.g. nesting birds)
  • Advising on BREEAM credits (if not done prior to planning, or in response to small changes in design)
  • Watching briefs and/or supervision during work in sensitive parts of a site (e.g. vegetation clearance)

We aim to maintain continuity, so a project manager will follow your project for as long as you need our input. This will benefit you, as the project manager will be familiar with the site, so require less time to familiarise with the project.

If you require any further information please call us on 01872 245510 or contact us to discuss your project and requirements.

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Falmouth University Student Accommodation, part of the University expansion plans Click on image below to see gallery
Client: Falmouth University

CEC Expertise Supports Falmouth University Expansion Plan

Building on successful earlier collaborations, Midas approached CEC to join their bid team seeking to secure the contract to build a multi-million pound high profile development. This was part of the plan to provide new student accommodation of 1049 bedrooms for Falmouth University‘s Tremough campus. As part of its role, the CEC team undertook ecological surveys and mitigation, landscape masterplanning and design, as well as Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments.

Creating a high quality environment

CEC’s ecologists and landscape architects worked closely together with the wider design team to create a proposal that looked to preserve and enhance the biodiversity and landscape assets on site. At the same time creating a high quality environment for students and wildlife, within the client’s aspirations, timeframe and budgets.

This included attending several meetings with members of the design team and Cornwall Council officers. CEC also ensured that the County Ecologist’s requirements were met within the design and planning application.

Successful planning application

CEC’s ecologists engaged proactively with the design team to ensure the scheme’s design minimised ecological impacts, helping to ensure a successful planning application. This included liaising with the lighting designers regarding sensitive design of the street lighting, and consideration of light spill from windows.

CEC also compiled an Ecological Assessment report to accompany the planning application and undertook a Habitats Regulations Shadow Screening Assessment. This was required due to the site’s location within the 10km zone of influence of the Fal and Helford Special Area for Conservation.

Design Review Panel feedback

The quality of the landscape masterplan and the ecological mitigation proposals received positive feedback in the Design Review Panel and from Falmouth University.


“CEC’s landscaping proposals were absolutely integral to the whole development. We hadn’t worked with them before but were impressed by what their team delivered.

The CEC team delivered their plans on time, every time and responded really well to our needs and the needs of the local planning officer, working proactively and knowledgeably to great effect.

Projects like this can be hugely complex with huge stakeholder groups, given the size of the development and a multi-levelled client structure. CEC had to work through a very complex process and were excellent throughout. The joined up approach between teams was particularly beneficial.”

Paula Wilmore - Lead Architect - Wilmore Iles Architects
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