Highways England is turning 32 miles of the M4 between London and Reading, into a ‘smart motorway’ by converting the hard shoulder to a fourth lane, and adjusting speed limits to smooth traffic flow.
The Ecology Consultancy were commissioned to carry out surveys for several protected species, including great crested newt, reptiles, bats, otter, water vole, badger and nesting birds, and advise on protected species mitigation during the project.
Our work began in 2018 and to date has included nesting bird checks; reptile surveys and mitigation; great crested newt mitigation; badger surveys, monitoring and sett closures; bat surveys; invasive species surveys; otter, water vole and kingfisher surveys and pre-works checks.
Innovative thermal imaging techniques were used for the bat surveys along the route to improve the effectiveness of bat emergence and re-entry surveys on bridges along the route. We continue to provide ecology surveys and advice on the M4 project.
Our Services have included:
Our work on the project continues and we have ensured that ecological issues have not caused a delay to the project programme. We are approaching the end of mitigation work for amphibians and reptiles on time and before the winter hibernation period, meeting relevant regulatory requirements.