Conservation management is often challenging. Land management is usually about achieving a wide range of outcomes, often with limited resources. We have worked on a range of complex sites where we have identified priorities for management and worked with stakeholders to set out how they might best be achieved.
We work with a range of local authorities and agencies such as Natural England to ensure adequate protection for key nature conservation sites. In particular much of our work has focussed on the Habitats Regulations, considering the links between where new houses are built, recreation and impacts on European sites.
Habitats Regulation Assessments
We undertake HRAs where they are required for plans and projects that may affect wildlife sites designated under European directives.
Mitigation & sangs
We design and advise on mitigation measures (including Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) to avoid, cancel or reduce impacts on designated sites.
We act as Expert witnesses at Public Inquiries to provide specialist information to the Inspector on planning applications called in for decision by the Secretary of State.
Informed and imaginative planning can both allow for increased levels of access and enhance visitors' experience while safeguarding designated species and habitats. Our work in this area falls within three inter-related areas (see also Mitigation and SANGs).
We develop visitor strategies for countryside sites to help balance the needs and desires of people with the safeguarding and enhancement of wildlife.
Visitor surveys underpin much of our work, providing information on visitor numbers, visitor profiles, how visitors use sites and what influences their choices.
Access & Nature
Analysis and modelling techniques can often help to inform how the distribution of wildlife and access overlap and how issues can be resolved.
Objective, well-planned research is essential to inform conservation management, decision-making and policy. Applied conservation research forms a significant part of Footprint Ecology’s work.
Survey & Monitoring
We survey a variety of taxa plus vegetation communities to inform conservation work and planning - and because we love wildlife and being outdoors!
Data Analysis & Modelling
Using a variety of GIS and statistical software and techniques, we reveal the meaning in biological and visitor data - both our own and other people's.
In this key area for which we have a national reputation, we work to resolve conflicts between bird conservation and human recreation and housing pressure.
We undertake data collection, consultation and literature reviews to provide an overview of conservation issues, whether site specific or national.
Sustainability and climate change are expanding areas of our work. We recognise that a wider set of sustainability issues underlies conservation challenges, and that conservation needs to play a significant role in addressing these.
Climate change affects access and nature conservation and has profound implications for biodiversity and land management. Addressing these is often a challenge.
Footprint Ecology runs a small number of scheduled and bespoke courses each year covering areas in which we have specialist expertise. These courses are open to all and may be held at our Wareham office or in venues in other parts of the country.
Each year we run a programme of courses open to all and reflecting areas of current interest; topics and booking details are provided here.
Clients often request in-house training on specific topics. Bespoke courses can be tailored to particular groups of participants and held at a venue of choice.
Contact us to discuss your project
We’re always ready to talk about your requirements, so please do get in touch today