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Ecological mitigation

Biodiversity compensation

Compensation plans offset the damage to wildlife caused by a development where avoidance and mitigation measures are not possible or sufficient. Often, this can mean the creation of new habitat or enhancement of existing habitat. Our ecological contracting division, Thomson Habitats, handles all contracting of mitigation and compensation work for Thomson Ecology. Call us or email to discuss your projects.


Approaches to mitigation can include all manner of strategies to reduce adverse impacts of development. For example, by using pollution interceptors to minimize pollution of watercourses, screens to reduce visual disturbance to birds, tunnels under roads to allow wildlife to pass from one side of a road to the other. Planning mitigation early in the project can be highly beneficial to the development and the community. Call us or email to discuss your projects.

Strategy of avoidance

When ecology surveys are complete and the impacts of a development assessed, detailed ecological mitigation proposals can be drawn up. In its broadest sense mitigation includes avoidance, mitigation measures and compensation plans. Avoidance is often the most cost-effective way to mitigate, for example, by adjusting the layout of a scheme in areas of high nature conservation value, or by altering timings of works so that the site is left undisturbed during sensitive times, such as the breeding season. Call us or email to discuss your projects.