Habitat management enhances and maintains the biological interest of habitats to benefit wildlife. RSK, through its habitat management team and Twig, provides comprehensive habitat management services to its clients. With our in-house team of specialist ecological contractors and our dedicated fleet of specialist plant and equipment, we can provide practiced, pragmatic and effective solutions.
Extensive natural world services
We provide practical ecological contracting solutions for our clients and a single-source solution on complex projects. We provide intelligent contracting services with results-based outcomes for clients in various sectors, including rail, highways, airports, energy, housing, infrastructure and renewables. With more than 30 years’ ecological mitigation experience and invasive species management expertise, we provide a complete solution for all habitat-related services.
The right strategy
Whether our clients are trying to fulfil legal obligations for ecology and biodiversity or to ensure that biodiversity opportunities are maximised on projects, we provide pragmatic, cost-effective solutions that are site specific and based on our extensive expertise and understanding of existing legislation and best practice guidelines. We proactively advise our clients on seasonal constraints and timelines and help to overcome project barriers and hurdles.
RSK provides ecological clerk of works, ecological supervision and species-handling services, and regularly works with third-party ecologists to clear areas to ensure minimum impact to flora and fauna. We have substantial experience in designing invasive weed control management solutions specific to a site. Moreover, we ensure that our response is flexible when dealing with work requests. Having a UK-wide network of core operating hubs ensures each project is managed effectively and according to legislation.
Engaging group-wide strengths
RSK delivers high-quality services effectively and safely on complex sites with significant health, environmental and quality constraints. We can provide a turnkey solution for our clients, which helps ensure that they fulfil legal obligations and adhere to planning conditions. Using our UK-wide network of staff, plant and equipment means that we can provide cost-effective habitat management solutions.
Habitat creation and specialist services
Our tree planting services include hedgerows, woodland, specimen trees and shrubs. We can create artificial badger setts, otter holts and basking banks for reptiles, and construct creative aquatic habitat including ponds, in-channel habitat enhancements and channel reprofiling. We also implement green infrastructure and biodiversity offsetting requirements.
Wildlife and agricultural fencing
We install fencing for diverse species, ranging from newts to badgers and water voles.
Ecological mitigation measures
We can design, install and construct a wide variety of ecological mitigation measures. Working closely with our ecological consultancy team, we provide many services, including
• terrestrial and aquatic habitat creation
• pond design and creation
• bat mitigation measures
• badger mitigation measures, including sett closures and exclusions
• dormouse mitigation measures
• newt mitigation measures, including fencing and pond creation
• otter mitigation measures, including holt creation
• reptile mitigation measures
• water vole mitigation measures
• hedgerow planting and enhancements
• woodland planting and enhancements.
Vegetation clearance and management
Our specialist fleet of equipment helps to clear vegetation and scrub, and cut hedgerows.
Our specialists can undertake invasive species surveys and provide the most pragmatic solution for treating Schedule 9 species, including Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam and other invasive species.