Atkins appointed to national ecology framework
The Environment Agency has contracted Atkins to provide expert ecological advice in freshwater ecology and conservation management across England and Wales.
Atkins, the UK’s largest engineering design consultancy, has been appointed to the national Ecological Services Framework Lot 1 which relates to aquatic and terrestrial ecology. This continues its longstanding relationship with the Agency and draws on its extensive experience of ecological management, including work on the Olympic Park, where Atkins’ ecologists have been involved in relocating sensitive wildlife species so that site work can proceed.
Helen Gavin, Project Manager at Atkins, said: “Atkins has an excellent track record in ecology and habitat management with a diverse team of hydrologists and ecologists across the business. We have expert knowledge of legislation relating to conservation and the aquatic environment so will be able to help the Environment Agency ensure that it continues to build on its commitment to ecological biodiversity while meeting legislative demands. The Water Framework Directive is having a huge impact across the UK and we are applying our hydro-ecology skills to ensure our water bodies achieve good ecological status.”
Atkins will draw on expertise from across its water and environment business to increase the effectiveness of the monitoring and interpretation of the ecology of aquatic systems. This will include expert advice on habitat management and restoration, biodiversity action plans and protected and non-native species.
The framework runs for two years with the possibility of extension for a further two one-year contracts.