Ecology Season Calendar | England and Wales

The main ecology season almost is here! But do you know when you need to book a survey in? Failure to do so may lead to long delays to your project.

Our team of over 55 ecologists across the UK are already preparing for a busy summer season ahead.

Our helpful calendar below (right click to & save) will tell you when you’ll need to book each ecology survey in for England and Wales – contact our team to do so!

Read more

Ecology Season Calendar | Scotland

The main ecology season almost is here! But do you know when you need to book a survey in? Failure to do so may lead to long delays to your project.

Our team of over 55 ecologists across the UK are already preparing for a busy summer season ahead.

Our helpful calendar below (right click to & save) will tell you when you’ll need to book each ecology survey in for Scotland – contact our team to do so!

Read more

Julia Gives a Guest Lecture on Sustainable Resources at UCL

“They [non-Indigenous] speak a different language […] not just, you know, English, but I’m speaking about the capacity to actually understand and truly listen. You know, the highest form of respect you can give somebody is to sit and listen.” – anonymous, First Nation Chief, Canada

Since I graduated from my MSc in September 2021, I had a couple of opportunities to go back to my alma mater, University College London, to give guest lectures on a course I graduated from: MSc in Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions. I have been invited to speak about my research on Indigenous rights and my current work at Wardell Armstrong International (WAI).

Read more
Biodiversity Net Gain

Biodiversity Net Gain Launch Date Confirmed

Whilst many local authorities have already adopted policies relating to Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG), the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have announced that from 12 February 2024, BNG will be mandatory for new planning applications for major development made under the Town and Country Planning Act (TCPA) 1990, subject to the confirmed exemptions. Major development includes residential developments with 10 or more dwellings, or where the site area is greater than 0.5 hectares. Sites which do not met either of these criterias will use a Small Sites BNG metric, which is expected to launch in April 2024. Gains will be delivered primarily through enhancement/creation of natural/semi natural habitat, and values will be measured using a metric created by DEFRA.

Read more

A New Approach to Managing Recyclables

Wardell Armstrong have been working in collaboration with Coventry City Council and its Partner Councils to develop a 175,000 tonne per annum Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) to process household and commercial dry recycling collected by the Councils. This high specification facility is designed to provide the opportunity for the region to increase recycling rates, enhance the quality of dry recycling outputs, deliver financial savings and increase landfill diversion.

Read more

Planning Success for Energy Storage with Capacity to Power 2 Million Homes and 68% Gain in Biodiversity

Wardell Armstrong has successfully secured planning permission for a 940MW (1,880MWh) Energy Storage System (ESS) in Lancashire on behalf of their client Innova Renewables Developments (Innova).

Our team of planners were involved in the project from the outset, undertaking preliminary site work in relation to ecology and landscaping and undertaking detailed pre-application discussions with Lancaster City Council (LCC) which informed the site layout and the scope of the planning application. Our team were responsible for the preparation and submission of the planning application and supporting environmental assessments including archaeology and heritage, agricultural land classification, arboriculture, flood risk and drainage, landscape, transport, minerals resource and hydrology. 

Read more

Wardell Armstrong Project Used as Case Study in New Guidance for Bats and Artificial Lighting

Wardell Armstrong has been involved in the “Land off Foxlydiate Lane, Webheath” development site since 2015. We were commissioned to provide technical expertise on numerous disciplines including ecology for the planning application for a large residential development with associated primary school, village centre and open space. Ecology surveys for bats, badger, breeding birds, great crested newts, dormice, reptiles, otter and water vole were undertaken between 2015 and 2017 to inform the Ecological Impact Assessment of the Ecology and Wildlife Environmental Statement (ES) Chapter.

Read more

Wardell Armstrong Features on BBC2’s Digging for Britain

Did you see us on BBC2’s ‘Digging for Britain’?
The programme, which featured our work on the largest Roman Bathhouse ever to be discovered along Hadrian’s Wall, was aired January 2nd on BBC2.

The episode, which saw presenter Professor Alice Roberts visit our site in Carlisle last year, includes interviews with Technical Director Frank Giecco, and Archaeologist Jo Beaty, and features the discoveries of two large and very unusual, sculpted heads – thought to be local versions of Roman theatre masks and gemstones from fingers rings, coins, stone inscriptions and lead seals.

Read more

Graduate Development Days

We’ve had a great time welcoming some of our Graduates from across our UK offices and from a range of service areas to our Head Office in Stoke-on-Trent for our ‘Graduate Development Days’. 

The days included presentations on career development and progression, commercial awareness, and adapting to your audience with presentation skills – followed by informal, internal networking over a meal and drinks.

Read more

In-House Core Logging Training

Members of our Ground Engineering team at our Head Office in Stoke-on-Trent recently attended a preliminary training course on core logging led by Technical Director, Richard Lowman. Topics included drilling techniques, site supervision, the effects of drilling on core quality, logging standards, Rock Quality Designation, core loss assessment and trouble-shooting issues.

Read more

Find Sectors and Services

Use the options below to help you navigate quickly and easily to your desired section of our website.

Find a Team

Use the options below to help you find the team you need.

Find an Individual

Use the options below to help you find the specialist you need.