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The Benefits of Ecological Risk Assessments

Before diversifying, and filling out a planning application, land owners should commission an ecological risk assessment to help inform decision making. RammSanderson explain what the assessment involves.

RammSanderson Ecology Ltd. provide ecological risk assessments across the board. This includes ecology, flood risk, arboriculture, and habitat assessment services, for private and public companies. But why is this important?

In this article, we’ll be discussing the benefits of ecological risk assessments, and why performing them are important when diversifying. To discover more, meet RammSanderson at the Farm Business Innovation Show by getting your FREE tickets to the exhibition. By meeting them, they can take you through the very first steps of diversifying your land, before you make any more decisions. Take a look...

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The Diversification Trend


More and more land owning farmers have chosen to diversify their business activities in order to create revenue streams that are not reliant on growing crops or raising livestock. Before doing so however, they are advised to carry out an ecological risk assessment in order to inform decision-making, land valuation, layouts and detailed scheme design at an early stage. This way, they can avoid potentially wasting money on layouts and designs that don’t work with the ecology of your sites.

Whether you are planning to build houses, create a glamping site,  start up a farm shop or convert buildings to let as holiday lodges, it’s highly likely that the change of use will impact the ecology of the site. So, our advice is always to carry out a risk assessment before progressing with the details.

The assessment aims to predict environmental impacts at an early stage in project planning and design. Very often, RammSanderson’s services will help you to find ways and means to avoid impacts by design, or to identify and reduce adverse impacts and give you the ability to shape your project to suit the local environment.

This enables you to predict and present findings to stakeholders in a way that shows you have been respectful of the environment, and willing to find ways to mitigate their impacts. Crucially this service could make significant savings against the project budget and programme.

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Thinking About Going Ahead With an Ecological Risk Assessment?


RammSanderson provides a range of assessment services, and would be delighted to meet with you during or after the Farm Business Innovation Show, on 6th & 7th November at the NEC, Birmingham, to discuss your project. By getting your FREE tickets, you can get all the advice you need before you diversify your land.

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