Herpetosure Destructive Searches and Habitat Clearance

Herpetosure destructive searches and sensitive vegetation clearance services are widely used by ecological consultants and developers across the UK. The Herpetosure group combines the most innovative forestry techniques and equipment with experienced, ecologically aware operatives and operators. This approach delivers a high speed and cost effective solution to all site vegetation and habitat clearance issues.

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Destructive Search Operations

Project Focus – Ecological Fencing and Sensitive Site Clearance: Coventry

Three Shires recently completed a reptile fencing and sensitive site clearance project in Coventry for Norwich Union Life and Pensions, under the instruction of The John Lester Partnership; here we look more closely at the how Three Shires can solve time critical ecological and vegetation issues quickly, sensitively and cost effectively. This sort of project illustrates how using skilled specialist ecological contractors can be the difference between a project that moves forward and a project that is forced to a halt.

Cost Effective Solution to a Growing Problem

Three Shires was initially approached to assist with a potential reptile issue, which was directly affecting the progress of contaminated land remediation operations on site. Quite rightly our client acted upon the advice from RSK Carter Ecological, the project’s ecological consultants, and contacted the Herpetosure team immediately.

Three Shires were brought on board immediately as Herpetosure approved contractors in the region, and were on site for a consultation within 2hrs. In order to ensure the protection of any reptiles on site it was decided an exclusion fence should be installed as a precaution. Three Shires were on the site the next working day to install the reptile fence so to minimise the impact on the remediation works, which would other wise have incurred daily costs for standing plant and operators.

On completion of the remediation works Three Shires were contacted to complete sensitive clearance of trees and vegetation on the 2.5 hectare site. The vegetation on the site included over 300 trees, brambles of over 15ft in height and ground level shrub material. Adding to the complexity of the task were potential reptile issues, the undulating ground conditions and months of fly tipped rubbish, disused gas bottles and household appliances.


Before Sensitive Clearance – Unable to see across site, impossible to gauge site layout

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Due to the inherent ecological issues a proposed relocation point was identified and fencing was installed to ensure that reptiles could not return. 5mx5m refuges were marked out, tinned and checked daily. Our low impact clearance operation systematically started at the extremities of the site and worked inwards to direct potential reptiles towards the dedicated refuges for relocation.

Once cleared only the refuges remained. these areas were finally hand strimmed to leave a completely clear and now baron area. No reptiles were subsequently found.


After Sensitive Clearance – Able to observe whole site from any point, site stripped and approved as sterile by consulting ecologist.

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This solution delivered in just 7 working days, including shredding of all tree material for reincorporation as soil conditioner later in the project. The Three Shires work at Coventry has not only solved a potential ecological issue, it also means that a client has increased the value of the land parcel far beyond the minimal expenditure and has made a site overall more attractive to a potential design and build contractor to take on.