The Mill, Alveley (Shropshire); CEMP, Reptile, Badger, Otter and Water Vole Surveys

Destroyed by fire in May 2015, the former Mill Hotel in Alveley featured a historic 16th century flour mill and had been operating as a wedding venue with accommodation.

The site’s new owners, Ben and Sarah Reeves of Ensarb Limited, are no strangers to challenging projects; in the past ten years, they have successfully transformed a derelict farm and a neglected Victorian country house into award-winning West Midlands wedding venues, namely, The Ashes Barns and Pendrell Hall Country House.

Their spectacular redevelopment of the former Mill Hotel site is well underway and The Mill Barns wedding venue opens in Summer 2017.

This brand-new waterfront venue offers couples exclusive-use of three magnificent oak framed wedding barns, luxury onsite accommodation, eight acres of mature landscaped gardens, mesmerizing water features and a unique walkway taking in three stunning outdoor terraces.

Ensarb were keen to use local suppliers wherever available, and BiOME were duly appointed to discharge a number of ecology related planning conditions prior to redevelopment. Baseline surveys identified a number of features of potential ecological importance; a Construction Ecological Management Plan (CEMP) was therefore produced to detail the mechanisms that would be employed to ensure no adverse effects or breaches of legislation occurred. To inform this CEMP, Otter, Badger and Water Vole surveys were completed, including the development site and relevant buffer zones.

We wish Ensarb all the best with this project.

“BiOME delivered a professional and competitively priced service. The team were friendly and efficient, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”
— Ben Reeves, Ensarb Limited

Shropshire Ecological Surveys

2016 proved to be a good year for our team of Shropshire based ecologists.

BiOME completed in excess of 20 bat surveys in Shropshire to inform planning applications, with surveys of many structures undertaken, from abandoned train tunnels to proposed barn conversions and house redevelopments. Our specialist team of tree climbing bat surveyors in Shropshire also assisted developers with the monitoring of bat boxes erected as part of mitigation schemes and the assessment of potential roost features in trees for evidence of bats. During these surveys numerous bats were encountered, with the most noteworthy observation being the discovery of a previously unknown colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats. This record considerably expanded the known range of this species in Shropshire.

Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys in Shropshire were completed at a variety of locations and in relation to a number of development types. We were particularly pleased to be able to offer our support to assist a local cricket club achieve planning permission for a new ground. To inform this planning application Badger surveys, Otter surveys, breeding bird surveys and a Barn Owl survey were completed, with subsequent ecological impact assessment. This new ground will offer children in the local community an opportunity to enjoy cricket in a rural setting.

Great Crested Newt surveys were completed in the north and south of the county, with newts encountered at a number of sites.

We look forward to another successful year in 2017 supporting clients in Shropshire, and beyond.