GoApe Ecological Survey

  • Client:

    Go Ape

  • Project:

    Ecological Scoping Survey

  • Location:

    Wendover Woods Bucks

  • Duration:

    2 months

  • Project Coordinator:

    Ash Girdler

Background

Go Ape is the UK’s largest Forest Adventure Company operating high wire courses in 29 locations set in some of the most picturesque woodlands. Go Ape is an expanding business developing further offers in the recreational sector including Forest Segway Courses, Zip Trekking and Tree Top Junior.

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Go Ape operate a Tree Top Adventure Course within the Forestry Commission owned Wendover Woods, Bucks. The intention is to extend the existing course to include a Tree Top Junior Course. AGA Groups wildlife survey division was approached and commissioned by Go Ape to complete an Ecological Scoping Survey as part of the planning application.

Our consultants met with the client to establish the most appropriate survey that would be sufficient for their needs whilst providing the most cost effecƟve approach, in this case an Ecological Scoping Survey.

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The Work

Our consultants then completed the following stages:

  • Desk-based survey to establish the presence of any protected and notable species/habitats within a given radius. Data was obtained from the relevant Biological
    Records Centre and by utilising the National Biodiversity Network (NBN).
  • Field survey to assess the site for any protected and notable species/habitats. A compilation of the existing species including flora, invertebrates and birds were also completed.
  • Provide a detailed report to the client outlining all the findings of the desk and field assessments. The report also included a recommendation as to the impact of the proposed development on any protected and notable species with the associated mitigation measures, the legal status and
    best practice guidance.

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