Awards 2021

We are thrilled to announce the shortlisted entries for the CIEEM 2021 Awards!

Thank you to everyone who entered this year and many congratulations to all those who made it through to this stage. We look forward to celebrating your work at the prize-giving ceremony on 19 October (further details below).

We would also like to thank our generous Awards sponsors, without whom the ceremony would not be possible.

Award  Shortlisted Entries Sponsor
Best Practice – Innovation

360° Imaging – Environment Agency & Grow2Know

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted ‘business as usual’ across the ecology and arboricultural sectors, particularly in relation to client and public involvement in decision making, usually facilitated by site meetings or face-to-face consultations. This project relates to the use of 360 degree camera technology to deliver virtual site visits and consultations in which clients, consultants, members of the public and technical specialists could communicate and share ideas.

East West Rail 2 (EWR2) – East West Rail Alliance

The East West Rail development between Oxford and Cambridge has pioneered several innovative technological approaches, including: creation of a web-based interactive mapping portal to store and display project information and multi-disciplinary constraints and designs; development of a new Incidental Records Process enabling new ecological constraints to be found, recorded, shared and considered in the construction planning process within a matter of minutes; development of customised web maps to support complex European Protected Species mitigation licence applications; and automated calculations for the mitigation licences for great crested newt and bats.

Using Immersive Technology to maximise communication of ecological design –  AECOM

Since 2018, AECOM has trialled and significantly advanced the use of Visualisation, Auralisation and Virtual Reality (Immersive Technology) on ecological projects for a wide client base, to communicate ecological design to a range of stakeholders. Easy-to-understand formats enabled stakeholders, clients and the public to experience the projects’ aesthetic and wellbeing benefits, and understand enhancements to biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Warblington Farm Nature Reserve and Havant Borough Council’s Mitigation Plan for Nutrient Neutral Development – Havant Borough Council

In November 2018, the European Court of Justice made a ruling that resulted in a halt to almost all development within the borough of Havant. To enable sustainable development there was need to secure nutrient neutrality through immediate implementation of a strategic mitigation scheme. Havant Borough Council quickly developed an innovative scheme involving a change of land use from agriculture to nature reserve to counterbalance the additional nutrients that new housing will generate.

Best Practice – Knowledge Sharing

Ecosystems Knowledge Network

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network is an independent hub for knowledge exchange on the theme of connecting environmental stewardship with wellbeing and prosperity. The Network, which is free and open to all, has a membership of 2,500 professionals and volunteers.

My Wild City – Engaging People with Urban Nature

My Wild City is a new four-year collaboration between The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and Manchester City Council that aims to reconnect people with urban wildlife. The first phase of the Project (2019/20) was all about knowledge exchange – raising awareness, building alliances and starting the conversation around urban nature. This involved extensive stakeholder engagement, developing partnerships, piloting activity with communities and setting out project ambitions.

The Plastics Project, Mott Macdonald

Mott MacDonald’s Plastics Project has been pioneering in promoting the reduction of plastics to lessen the impact on waterways and oceans. A Plastics Working Group was launched in 2018, to educate and share best-practice, reaching 16,000 staff globally, as well as clients. Several collaborative research projects have also been launched to promote a wider understanding.

Best Practice – Practical Nature Conservation (Large-Scale and Small-Scale) 

Lancashire Peatlands Initiative – Lancashire Wildlife Trust

The Lancashire Peatlands Initiative has delivered pioneering and nationally significant habitat restoration across over 200 hectares of degraded lowland raised bog spanning the past two decades. Rewetting works have allowed the successful reintroduction of the Large Heath butterfly, Great and Oblong-leaved Sundew, Lesser Bladderwort and nationally scarce Sphagnum pulchrum.

Tetney Blow Wells SSSI Restoration – Anglian Water

Tetney Blow Wells in Lincolnshire is a site owned by Anglian Water and used for drinking water borehole abstraction from the chalk aquifer. The site is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its open water and swamp habitats, with additional interest provided by wet woodland and neutral grassland habitats. In 2011, Anglian Water began a six-year wetland restoration project removing 1.95 hectares of woodland habitat and creating new pond habitats, thus re-wetting the site and maintaining the mosaic of wetland habitats that generate the site’s nature value.

Best Practice – Project Mitigation (Large-Scale and Small-Scale)

Balsall Common STW Badger Pass – Thomas Wright, Severn Trent

In early August 2020, reports were received that cracks in a service road were worsening and in areas the concrete had started to sink. Severn Trent ecologists investigated and identified a 20-hole historic ‘main’ badger sett adjacent to the road, inside the works boundary. Action was needed to protect badgers from artic-lorries regularly tracking over the road and reduce risk to drivers. The team installed an underground badger pass, in the form of a concrete pipe which connected to the existing main sett and exited out into the adjacent foraging grounds. Monitoring is ongoing, but current camera footage suggests the tunnels are in use by the clan and other mammals.

Howdon Satellite Rail Depot (Ecological Mitigation Strategy) – Nexus, Atkins, Conops Entomology, EcoNorth

Nexus acquired planning consent from North Tyneside Council in 2018 to construct a new satellite rail depot at Howdon. Baseline ecological studies carried out in 2017 consistently recorded Dingy Skipper utilising open mosaic habitats that have established across the former landfill site. Atkins provided advice to increase the amount of retained habitat and prepared an Ecological Mitigation Strategy in 2019 including the specification for creating approximately 0.5 hectares of new Dingy Skipper habitat, temporary protective fencing, objectives, management prescriptions and a five-year monitoring protocol (including indicators of success for each monitoring period).

Llwyn Celyn Restoration Project – Wildwood Ecology and The Landmark Trust

This project involved full restoration of a Grade I listed building (regarded by Cadw as one of the finest medieval hall houses in Wales) and associated agricultural buildings. The site was originally surveyed by Wildwood Ecology in 2013 with seven species of bat identified. Ecological measures included detailed input to the design of replacement roosts, materials and phasing of work programme including contingency measures. A high level of expertise and pragmatism was required working with buildings of such national heritage significance. Monitoring has confirmed the success of the project, from 11 known lesser horseshoe bats within the dilapidated farmhouse in 2014 to 66 in the Cider House in Autumn 2019.

Sudbrook Papermill Site, Arcadis

In 2011, Harrow Estates took control of the 100-acre paper mill site, which included 34 acres of previously developed land, former plantation woodland, agricultural land and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Ecological features included the Severn Estuary of international importance for wintering birds and salt marsh habitats, a county wildlife site, a lesser horseshoe bat roost, and a residing population of slow-worms. The presence of buildings with asbestos added to the challenges. Innovative mitigation and enhancement measures were developed which meant that the development would not have a significant effect on the Severn Estuary European designated site and development would achieve biodiversity net gain.

Works included construction of a purpose-built bat house and reptile hibernacula. In 2020 it was confirmed lesser horseshoe bats are breeding in the bat house, and the hibernacula remain optimal.

Best Practice – Stakeholder Engagement

Havant Thicket Reservoir, Portsmouth Water, Atkins, Create 51 and Agilia

Portsmouth Water, in collaboration with Southern Water, is planning to create a new reservoir in Hampshire, securing reliable drinking water for the water-stressed South East. A Havant Thicket Stakeholder Group was established-bringing together a range of local stakeholders, environmental organisations, planning authorities and regulators, to review, challenge and inform reservoir design. A ‘Wetland’ sub-group comprised recognised local experts including Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust, the Local Planning Authority ecologist, and Natural England and Environment Agency specialists. The team adapted to deliver remove consultation in place of face-to-face engagement.

Action 2030 Award

Global Climate Change: Strengthening Understanding of the Economic Impacts of Climate Change – Dialogue Matters working with Grantham Inst, Oxford University and BEIS

To address currently unreliable estimates of potential economic impacts of climate change, BEIS commissioned Dialogue Matters, the Grantham Institute and Oxford University to hold an intense 5 day workshop to bring together global experts on the physical, social, and economic impacts of climate change for the first time. The 57 invited participants were from different disciplines, countries, perspectives, and time zones, and were supported to build a better understanding of how climate change can affect the global economy through its impact on biodiversity. The workshop resulted in a 154 page report of recommendations to BEIS.

Joshua Styles MCIEEM

As founder and Project Coordinator of the North-West Rare Plant Initiative, Joshua has undertaken 45 reintroductions of rare plants since 2017. This year, Joshua also established British Botany Training, an online training platform for ecologists, students and conservation practitioners, looking to make botanical training far more accessible, and utilised social media to reach over 3000 views on a dandelion training course, plus others. To raise awareness of the importance and destruction of peatlands, Joshua has appeared on a number of news channels.

Thames Water’s company commitment on Biodiversity Net Gain, Thames Water

The Thames Water (TW) Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) commitment with Ofwat, requires TW to enhance the biodiversity value of 253 of their self-designated Sites of Biodiversity Interest by 5%, on their original baseline, by 2025. TW has also implemented a mandatory BNG commitment within their asset standard on ecology, and has launched Initiative Projects to promote exploratory methods of nature recovery on landholdings, to identify how beneficial they are for both climate and biodiversity recovery.

Member of the Year

David Whitehorne CEnv MCIEEM

David is an Ecologist with over thirty-six years’ of professional experience from across a variety of sectors and projects, including major wetland creation projects, Biodiversity Action Plans and SSSI management. David contributed to CIEEM’s Guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment in The UK and Ireland and was a member of the Training Education and Career Development Committee for six years.

Mark Lang CEcol CEnv MCIEEM

Mark has a varied background in ecology and environmental management through consultancy, work for local government, the Environment Agency and Countryside Council for Wales, and the Wilshire Wildlife Trust. Mark is an expert in botany and ornithology and has contributed to improving standards throughout his career. He is a volunteer assessor on behalf of CIEEM for both Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Ecologist status, and currently sits on CIEEM’s Registration Authority.

Paola Reason CEcol CEnv FCIEEM

Paola has been a practising ecologist for 30 years and is now a Director at RSK Biocensus and is recognised nationally as a bat expert. Paola was part of the CIEEM group developing guidance in relation to ecological assessment where survey work has been affected by Covid-19 restrictions. She took a prominent role in developing the guidance, leading on bats, but also driving the completion of the document to a challenging timescale.

Promising Professional

Joseph D’Souza

Joseph is a Qualifying member of CIEEM who has played a central role in a variety of ecological projects as a Graduate Ecologist at Arcadis Consulting. Joseph has a particular passion for ornithology and tackling plastic pollution, and has embraced leadership, client relations and project management responsibilities.

Kimberley Doneo

Kimberley is a Qualifying member of CIEEM and Ornithologist at Mott MacDonald. Kim has also been a volunteer surveyor for the British Ornithological Trust for 5 years, undertaking ringing surveys on sea birds and passerines, contributing to the Nest Record Scheme, undertaking hen harrier surveys, other raptor and owl surveys and fostering.

Maico Geert Weites

Maico is a Qualifying member of CIEEM and Graduate Ecologist at Arcadis Consulting. Maico has particularly strong skills in invertebrate identification and botany, and validates records for the Dutch National Databank Flora & Fauna. Maico has led on Phase 1, NVC, bird and reptile surveys.

Mariko Whyte

Mariko is a Qualifying member of CIEEM and Ecologist at Darwin Ecology. Mariko’s specialist fields include bats, botany and invertebrates and has worked on a suite of  bat-related projects from design to implementation, protected species surveys, and ecological management planning.

NGO Impact

BatChat Podcast – Bat Conservation Trust

The BatChat Podcast aims to increase the profile of bat conservation projects being run all over the country and showcase the work of bat groups to listeners not familiar with these dedicated groups undertaking valuable survey work. At the time of writing, the 21 episodes published have amassed over 17,000 downloads and have been heard in 78 countries on all continents.

The Red List for British Mammals – The Mammal Society

Through the Red List for British Mammals, The Mammal Society collated all of the available information on the population of each British mammal, assessed their status and current threats and applied internationally accepted criteria in a rigorous manner never previously carried out for Britain’s mammal fauna. The Red List showed that 11 of the 47 mammals native to Britain are classified as being at imminent risk of extinction.

The UK Habitat Classification – UKHab Ltd

UKHab (www.ukhab.org) is a free-to-use comprehensive classification system for terrestrial, freshwater and coastal habitats in the UK. Launched in 2018, it is the foundation of many biodiversity conservation initiatives and is well used by ecologists and environmental practitioners. The UKHab also includes mapping protocols, survey and monitoring guidance, field key and GIS data management guidance.

Consultancy of the Year (Small)

Ecology by Design

Ecology by Design is a CIEEM Registered Practice that delivers Biodiversity Net Gain within developments by working closely with clients to understand their needs and implement cost-effective strategies which ensure the benefits to people and wildlife are maximised. They support staff with an unlimited training budget, and provide annual internships to students.

Wildwood Ecology Ltd

Wildwood Ecology is a Certified B Corporation offering a wide range of services across sectors including residential, energy and heritage. In 2020, Wildwood launched the Ecology Training Academy, which provides on-line courses for both aspiring and practising ecologists, and provides ongoing CPD to architects, planning consultants, local authorities, and government agencies.

Consultancy of the Year (Medium)

BSG Ecology

BSG Ecology’s key work sectors include residential and commercial development, mineral extraction, infrastructure, renewable energy and the public sector. The team has also delivered a variety of knowledge-sharing projects, including delivering workshops on Biodiversity Net Gain to West of England Combined Authority, real estate companies, house builders, land managers and a university.

JBA Consulting Ltd

JBA Consulting is a multi-disciplinary consultancy employing 35 ecologists/ environmental managers. In 2020, the charitable arm of the company, the JBA Trust, supported provision of 3,145 hours of staff time for charitable activities, including: research, training and education.

Consultancy of the Year (Large)

Atkins

This year, Atkins has continued research and implementation of novel survey techniques and technology, for example, drones, eDNA and detection dogs. The team have also been involved in a variety of working groups on topics such as Biodiversity and Environmental Net Gain, and published over ten industry articles.

Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd

Arcadis Consulting delivers sustainable design, engineering and consultancy for natural and built assets. Staff have contributed to the development of new policies and tools, for example the Ecometric and Environmental Net Gain delivery, and have published a variety of articles and peer-reviewed papers, for example on dormouse translocation.

Jacobs

Jacobs is a global multi-disciplinary company of 55,000 employees. The UK and Ireland Ecology team works in integrated teams on large infrastructure projects influencing design decisions to benefit nature. Jacobs has over 650 STEM ambassadors in the UK connecting with young people and supports higher education institutions by providing guest lectures and workshops.

RSK Biocensus

RSK Biocensus is a CIEEM Registered Practice that combines 80 permanent staff with nearly 700 subcontractors. In 2020, two major business streams were established aimed at reversing biodiversity loss and climate change and to ensure that local economies see the benefits that can accrue from habitat restoration; RSK Wilding and Nature Positive.

WSP

WSP Ecology provide solutions regarding the protection and restoration of natural resources and ecosystems, environmental and biophysical obligations and compliance with legislation, regulations and policies. In 2020, WSP contributed to the development of British Standards for Biodiversity Net Gain and Natural Capital, and produced Biodiversity Net Gain guidance for Natural England.

Planning Authority of the Year

Telford & Wrekin Council

Telford & Wrekin Council has committed to protect over 1000ha of locally important green space in its ownership and declare 11 Local Nature Reserves by 2031. In 2020, the Council launched their bespoke, locally-led great crested newt district level licencing scheme and was the first to fully administer the licencing process and habitat delivery. Telford is also home to nearly 30 local ‘Friends’ groups who help the council care and protect the boroughs green network.

In Practice Article  Nitrogen Neutrality Within the Solent Region – An Ecologist’s View by David West (December 2020)
Seize the moment – New Approaches for Fresh Momentum by Diana Pound (September 2020)
Solent Nutrients: an opportunity to build back better? by Allison Potts, David Hayward & Debbie Tann (December 2020)

Our 2021 Awards Ceremony and Luncheon will be held at the prestigious Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on Tuesday 19 October. The Awards Lunch is a swanky affair and will include a delicious three-course meal and all the fanfare of the awards presentation itself. It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of your colleagues and friends, network and, most importantly, thoroughly enjoy yourselves!

Proceedings will commence at 11.30 with a drinks reception, followed by our guest speaker and lunch. The event will finish at 16:30.

All shortlisted nominees are offered a complimentary place and are welcome to purchase additional tickets for project partners, colleagues, friends and family. Please email awards@cieem.net to book your place.

Individual Ticket  Table of ten with one free space*
£75 (+VAT) £650 (+VAT)

*Free spaces for shortlisted attendees.