Gattonside

Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

An Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) of a proposed development at Gattonside in the Scottish Borders was commissioned by EMA Architects. The development included conversion of a historic building to individual units, demolition of two more modern houses and construction of 49 new houses plus a shop. Our report detailed the results of a series of site surveys including a Phase 1 Habitat Survey, protected species survey, bat activity survey and roost assessment, detailed botanical survey of an area of grassland and a breeding bird assessment plus collation of ecological data from a number of sources.

The potential impacts of the proposed development on designated sites and protected or locally important habitats and species were described with measures detailed to avoid and mitigate impacts and outline proposals prepared for ecological landscaping for which there was considered to be great potential to create an extensive network of species rich habitats adjacent to the River Tweed and in partnership with the local community.

Meadow cranesbill abundant in tall herb communities adjacent to the River Tweed

Meadow cranesbill abundant in tall herb communities adjacent to the River Tweed

Tall herb communities along the River Tweed

Tall herb communities along the River Tweed