A clear path to working with wildlife...

Posted: Monday 22nd August 2011

CIRIA is proud to announce the launch of new guidance - Working with wildlife (C691) - helping the construction industry better understand and fulfil good practice with regards to wildlife.

The construction industry is increasingly being asked to protect the quality of the natural environment, whether it occurs within an urban or rural landscape. The industry is subject to a complex and wide-ranging list of regulations and these need to be understood and correctly implemented in action. Wildlife is an emotive issue and people, both inside and outside the industry, can become upset if they see the wrong thing happening on a construction site.

CIRIA has released Working with wildlife (C691), a comprehensive resource for those in the construction industry who need to know about, and understand, the issues surrounding wildlife in the construction process. It aims to help such people to stay within the law, to aid the enhancement and management of protected and pest species and habitats, and to understand and adopt good practice in relation to wildlife where development and construction projects are concerned.

Amongst the key features of the guide are topic areas such as the fundamentals of ecology, the relationship between ecology and construction and development projects, legislation governing wildlife and construction issues, guidance on dealing with wildlife sites, and species briefings covering protected and pest species.

Wildlife occurs everywhere and the principles of dealing with it should be the same wherever it is found, even though the details may vary.

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