Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Derbyshire County Council employed Access Ecology to write a Management Plan for Tibshelf Ponds (now Tibshelf Country Park) a medium size (approximately 21 Hectares in size) site with a number of diverse habitats and a number of complex issues. The aim was to have a Management Plan that addressed the conservation and ecological issues on site along with the complex access and community interest from local residents and users. Access Ecology were employed in the winter of 2014 to have a completed plan ready for March 2015 so that all the ecological, access and visitor survey work could be planned and undertaken at the best time of year.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust said...

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust  Access Ecology submitted a very competitive and comprehensive quote, we were also most impressed with the flexibility and patience that they showed while we juggled end of year budgets to get the contract into place.

Access Ecology did all the survey work we asked for on time and were very thorough, finding water voles on site which we were unaware of at the time.  They liaised closely with local interest groups on our behalf and we received nothing but praise for the level of communication with these groups. Access Ecology with support from the County Councils Ranger Service also held 2 community meetings on our behalf both of which proved to be very successful.

Once the Survey and field work was complete an initial draft was produced in a very timely fashion giving us plenty of opportunity to pass comments and make amendments, Access Ecology were very prompt with the revisions and as a result the final document was handed over to the County Council on the 24th March 2015 enabling us to complete the payments within budget and in time for the end of the financial year.

In general we found Access Ecology to be really efficient with friendly knowledgeable staff, they were quick to respond to enquiries and once the contract was let needed very little support from the County Council.  We would definitely be more than happy to recommend Access Ecology and use them again in the future. 

I would just like to finally say what a pleasure it was to work with Belinda who was both very knowledgeable and extremely efficient.  Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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