Where ecologists identify the presence of protected species, they may recommend trapping, fencing and or translocation. Blackdown Environmental work with a wide range of clients and ecologists providing design solutions for a variety of fencing projects supplying and installing an extensive range of wildlife exclusion and containment fencing – from permanent HDPE panels for water voles, and continuous HDPE barriers for amphibian and reptile fencing, to custom designed fencing. Blackdown Environmental has fencing solutions for all wildlife including deer, rabbit, reptile, amphibian, otter, water vole, badger, and general stock.
We offer a complete service from initial survey to installation working with the ecologist to complete recommended works which in addition to fencing could include the planning and management of translocation of species to suitable receptor sites or the creation of new habitat including badger sett construction and reptile hibernacula.
Our highly experienced contract managers can rapidly mobilise our national resource to install your required wildlife specification on or ahead of schedule and within budget meeting the highest standards required by ecologists and regulators. In fact, our contract managers relish the challenge of large, complex, multi-species projects using the wealth of knowledge and experience within Blackdown they apply innovative thinking and specialist techniques to meet the demands of time, budget, and quality. In fact, we have a large range of specialist fencing equipment that enables us to install large contract fencing efficiently and quickly over all terrains.
Our skilled fencing teams are experienced in working in all types of environment
from development sites, agricultural land and brownfield sites to remote locations and SSSI’s.
We provide outstanding quality and customer satisfaction through the use of skilled and competent industry accredited staff and work closely with you to ensure that your needs and expectations are fully met and work is carried out safely through our sophisticated health and safety practices.
Below are some of the types of fencing available
Newt, Reptile & Amphibian
We offer a number of fencing solutions to suit our client’s specific needs depending on site conditions, required longevity and budget allowing developers to progress a project legally and with minimum disruption.
Permanent Newt Fencing
Permanent newt fencing is the ideal long-term solution for perimeter newt fencing on sites where there is a movement of personnel, plant or other traffic.
It consists of a 4mm thick, recycled HDPE panel with a 50mm return folded and welded into the top edge to form an overlap, as per the English Nature Great Crested Newt Mitigation Guidelines. Read more about our Great Crested Newt services
Semi-permanent Newt Fencing
Semi-permanent Newt Fencing still provides a very tough, damage resistant newt barrier but may prove to be more cost-effective if a very long-term solution is not required. Constructed from 1mm thick, HDPE material these fencing systems can be installed quickly with little disturbance to the ground making them very economical to install.
Both types of fencing can be used with amphibian pitfall traps or reptile refugia next to the fence.
Temporary Newt Fencing
Temporary Newt Fencing offers the most economical newt fencing solution for shorter term projects or where human disturbance is minimal. It is also the ideal solution for creating drift fencing within a great crested newt trapping enclosure when installed in conjunction with pitfall traps. Our 1000 gauge polythene temporary newt fencing can be installed quickly and efficiently by our experienced team of installers as per the English Nature Great Crested Newt Mitigation Guidelines.
The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 states that it is illegal to kill, injure or take, or attempt to kill, injure or take, a badger (Meles Meles).
While the Act is in place to protect badgers from illegal activities such as badger
baiting, it can impact developers and delay projects if badgers are in the vicinity. Clients may choose to voluntarily act to prevent the access to a site for their protection or may have action imposed on them as part of planning. A badger fencing installation may also form part of a licensed relocation project.
A badger fence consists of a wire mesh designed specifically to prevent penetration by badgers. This badger proof wire mesh is fixed to a post and rail fence, but in smaller applications, the badger fencing wire mesh can be tensioned and attached to strainer posts, with additional support provided by intermediate posts. At the base, the wire mesh is buried with a horizontal return to prevent Badgers from burrowing under the fence. Materials and installation conform to Highways Agency specifications.
We are also able to offer temporary solutions such as electric fences that can be erected very quickly and with minimal cost, no mains supply is required. Badger gates can be installed in the badger proof fence where the fence crosses badger foraging paths; these can be set to allow two-way access through the badger fencing or set so that access is only possible in one direction where badgers are to be excluded from a certain area. Read more about Badger Fencing
Otters (Lutra lutra) are afforded protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. It is an offence to deliberately, capture, injure or kill otters, or to damage, destroy or obstruct their
breeding or resting habitat. The presence of otters on a potential development site could be the reason for planning permission refusal, we can help provide otter fencing installations alongside other measures to ensure they do not have an adverse effect on operations.
Otter fencing consists of a tall wire mesh netting attached to post & rail, post & wire or similar fence supporting structure depending on site conditions and budget. Netting will be partially buried in the ground with a horizontal underlap to guard against digging. An angled top return will also be created at the top of the netting to deter otters from breaching the fence over the top.
All netting products used are designed to withstand an otter’s aggressive digging habits and conform to Highways Agency specifications.
As part of mitigation, it may be necessary to also include the construction of an artificial otter holt to provide alternative habitat for an otter population. We can help with the design, construction and supply of custom built otter holts to meet the conditions of an otter mitigation license. Read more about our Otter services
Water voles were afforded full protection in 2008 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This makes it an offence to deliberately capture, injure or kill them or to damage, destroy or obstruct their breeding or resting places.
The presence of water voles or water vole habitat on, or near to a development site may put operations at risk. We provide effective temporary and permanent fencing solutions installed around existing water vole habitat to prevent access to the site or as means of creating a safe enclosure where they can be trapped and relocated in the event of unavoidable habitat loss. All works of this nature are carried out under the guidance of a trained ecologist and in accordance to relevant licensing. In support of these works as part of a water vole mitigation project, we can also provide vegetation clearance, ground re-profiling, and water vole ditch creation. Read more about our Water Vole services
Under Section One of the Pests Act 1954, landowners are responsible for controlling rabbit populations where they are considered to be causing a nuisance or damaging crops. We have been installing rabbit fencing for many years in a large variety of locations. Our contract managers especially enjoy large projects where quality workmanship is required to provide effective solutions to avoid snagging returns.
Our rabbit fence comprises a hexagonal galvanised wire mesh that rabbits are unable to penetrate and of a gauge that does not allow smaller young rabbits to pass through. The fence has a horizontal return that is either buried or pegged into position to prevent the rabbits from digging under.
We are also able to offer a variety of options to enable the client to reduce the rabbit population, gassing while effective is often not possible particularly if burrows are near water or building or simply not preferred by the client. In these situations we can offer long netting, ferrets or trapping.
Stock fencing has a lifespan of up to 20 years and is made from wooden posts with galvanised wire mesh and barbed wire. It can be used to contain livestock or to exclude badgers and deer, depending on the fence height and mesh diameter.
Read more about our Wildlife Fencing services below;