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“ We chose Wildscapes as they have local expertise on conservation and a credible reputation, stemming from their Wildlife Trust origins. The Ecology team’s extensive knowledge of the local species and habitats ensured that the design of the Blackburn Meadows site can play a vital role in local conservation and the enhancement of Sheffield’s biodiversity.”
Martyn Thompson, Project Manager at E.ON


Working with E.ON: Renewable Energy Plant


What was the project?

E.ON approached us to help them beyond the planning requirements laid down by their local authority for a new biomass renewable energy plant in Sheffield. The company wanted to demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability and biodiversity. Wildscapes were chosen to support this project because of our extensive knowledge of the green corridor which runs along the River Don, our connection with the surrounding nature reserves and most notably our monitoring and habitat management capability.

What did we do?  

Habitat Design

Our ecologists brought their unique knowledge of local species, the Local Biodiversity Action Plan and the Wildlife Trusts Living Landscapes programme to the project. They improved designs for the site by increasing the variety of native species and facilitating the creation of an important new mosaic of habitats to provide a wide diversity of habitats and ultimately to increase site biodiversity.  

We worked in partnership with the Million Ponds Project (Pond Conservation) to develop aquatic and marginal vegetation planting programmes for the wetland areas of the scheme. This will act to reduce the fragmentation of wildlife in the area and will tie the site to its surrounding wet lands.

Drawing on the support of the Green Roof Centre, we were able to suggest ways to depict the conditions for the Black Red Starts (Phoenicurus ochruros), a bird which currently inhabits the area.

Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)

For companies such as E.ON with land-holdings the most effective means of managingand improving biodiversity is through developing site Biodiversity Action Plans. The creation of the Biodiversity Action Plan for the site involves:

  • Assessing the risks and impacts associated with biodiversity on the development of the site.
  • Helping prioritise these risks in line with both project and operational needs of the site
  • Creating targets for conservation and habitat management in order to help re-establish and protect the biological systems on the site.
  • Establishing budgets, timelines, and partnerships for implementing the actions

The final Biodiversity Action Plan created a useful tool for E.ON to demonstrate what they are undertaking for the local environment and community, as well as helping raise their employee awareness about biodiversity.

Habitat Management Plan

Our specifically designed Habitat Management plan will inform the after-care works at the site, once constructed. This plan includes invasive species control and protection for the new habitats. The Management Plan advises E.ON on how to manage their land effectively for their own benefit and for the prosperity of the surrounding wildlife; it takes a cost effective sustainable approach, important to any business.