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Brownfield sites are often defined as ‘previously-developed land that is or was occupied by a permanent structure’. The regeneration and re-use of brownfield sites has long been an essential part of the government’s policy for new development. However, they can also be areas of rich biodiversity and careful ecological evaluation and assessment of brownfield sites is frequently required during the planning process.

Brownfield sites often come with a suite of ecological factors that differ from greenfield land in the open countryside. This is mostly due to neglect and support animals and plants that are quick to colonise undisturbed and unmanaged areas of land. In addition, brownfield sites have often had a history of disturbance and in the case of quarries and brickpits, excavation and soil movement. This can result in a varied topography, the presence of ponds and ephemeral water bodies, log piles, rubble piles and bare ground, all of which can be habitats to protected and notable species such as invertebrates, reptiles, great crested newts and plants. In addition derelict buildings, particularly those which have been unused for several years, can become valuable sites for roosting bats.

Ourecological consultantshave experience of surveying brownfield habitats and the particular ecological challenges they present with regard to colonising habitats and associated protected and notable species such as reptiles, amphibians and bats. Pure Ecology Ltd. has expertise in the assessment brownfield regeneration, as well as providing advice on habitat management plans .

Client Testimonials
Pure Ecology have been professional, practical and proactive; it has been an opportunity to meet and work with an interesting and informative expert outside of my usual circle.
Roger Moscrop
Pure Ecology offer a completely reliable service, combining robust science with expert advice and reliable delivery and reporting. Importantly they also appreciate and respect the safety and sustainability requirements pertaining to our business and to our clients objectives.
Stuart Hedgecott Principal Consultant CH2MHill
Arup have worked with Pure Ecology since the beginning of 2014, and continue to do so because of the excellent service we have received. Anton has consistently provided sound and pragmatic technical ecological services and advice, in particular with regard to specialist bat services. He is highly competent, very organised and excellent at communicating and interpreting the likely significance of his work throughout the process.”
Thank you so so much for your prompt report, such a pleasure to work with such an efficient company and pleasant staff.
Mr James, Homeowner in Monmouthshire.
Pure Ecology provided a comprehensive service and the report was clear and concise. The ecology assessment was well received by the local authority
Capture Energy for a single wind turbine in Camarthenshire
We use Pure Ecology because the are reliable and consistently deliver a high quality of work. They respond quickly, work well with our development team and have successfully negotiated ecological requirements with the planning authority
Lisa Way Development Surveyor, Monmouthshire Housing Association
We have found Pure ecology to be very knowledgeable and well respected. Their approach is both professional, friendly and they are always happy to listen to clients requirements and look for workable solutions
Andrew Carter, Morgan & Horowskyj Architects
Pure Ecology provides a professional and reliable service. Their comprehensive knowledge and understanding of ecological issues within the planning system has been invaluable for the success of several of our schemes.
Joe Burnard, Project Manager for Rea Housing Development