Land Management

‘Land management’ is a term that does not begin to describe how wide-ranging and important it is. Historically, planning for certain types of development had to include an integrated land management plan, a five-year-forward-looking plan that outlined what the site would be used for and specified certain aims. This could include enhancing biodiversity and remediating contamination. With specialists across the spectrum of services required, the RSK group and its subsidiary, ADAS, is primed to manage large landholdings to achieve environmental and conservation requirements and avoid future environmental constraints.

Expansive land management services

With more than 75 years’ experience and a holistic approach, we can help clients reach statutory requirements and provide a framework to manage land at a site in terms of habitat, ecology and biodiversity. Our consultants use land management principles to implement species and habitat creation, and management programmes to satisfy planning conditions and protected species licence obligations, as well as meet corporate social responsibility objectives and demonstrate increased environmental value. We also carry out biodiversity offsetting to compensate for habitat loss. Our services include habitat creation and management, supporting planning and licencing, ecology support, sustainable land management, water management, environmental impact assessments and agricultural land classification.

Implementing the right strategy for you

Our clients often contact us requesting help with achieving or maintaining regulatory consent. If a client fails to achieve the necessary consent, they risk prosecution for failing to comply. However, many projects underbudget for land management.

At the RSK group, our specialists are national rather than just regional, meaning that clients can utilise local staff immediately, in turn lowering travel costs and the project’s carbon footprint. Moreover, our highly qualified staff work steadfastly to source local and proven contractors at competitive rates, meaning clients can maintain a consistent budget and employ a diligent company with a proven track record. By engaging the wider RSK group, we can source national connections to find the products and services you desire.

Length and breadth of sustainable services

The RSK group has provided land management services to a diverse client base for more than half a century. Land management concerns managing the land at a site with regards to habitat, ecology, biodiversity, water management and soil management. We provide a single hub with a wide range of multidisciplinary services covering all aspects of environmentally focussed sustainable land management advice. Our early consultation can increase opportunities to ensure individual developments contribute to landscape-scale biodiversity enhancement, as well as protect local biodiversity action plan species. Our specialists can help you achieve compensation through biodiversity offsetting or provide planning and licencing support. We have completed more than 50 environmental statements over the past three years across a wide range of development sectors, which means our pragmatic, client-focused solutions for environmental impact assessments support and facilitate development projects throughout the UK.

Engaging group-wide strengths

Whether a client wants a niche service or a wide-ranging package, we can engage the wider RSK group to provide a multi-layered service package. Our environmental and regulatory experts can also be used to provide testimony at official hearings or detailed consultations.

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Our Expertise

  • Habitat creation and management

    Our specialists will create a habitat management plan that ensures adequate space, food, shelter, and water for different types of animal species, including birds, insects, fish and mammals.;

  • Biodiversity offering

    We will engage with you to compensate for biodiversity impacts associated with economic development through the planning process.

  • Ecological mitigation and compensation

    Most development work includes a landscape plan, which presents an opportunity to work with the project landscape architect to ensure invasive species (e.g. Cotoneaster and Japanese Rose) can be replaced with local species, or species of wildlife value.

  • Planning and licensing support and ecological services

    Our teams are primed to provide ecological services and undertake ecological surveys.

  • Sustainable land management

    We advise landowners, managers and developers to support environmental, conservation or planning compliance requirements.

  • Water management including sustsinable drainage systems

    Our solution-focused consultants offer water management and drainage design services to a wide range of clients and projects. We combine sound environmental science with pragmatic advice and experience to meet our clients’ requirements and deliver the best possible outcomes.

  • Environmental impact assessment

    The RSK group provides pragmatic, client-focused solutions for environmental impact assessments to support and facilitate development projects throughout the UK.

  • Agricultural land classification

    Our specialists provide a framework for classifying land according to the extent that its physical or chemical characteristics impose long-term limitations on agricultural use.

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