Ecologists at Harris Lamb are launching a bespoke webinar service to provide support and expertise to clients on a host of key environmental issues.

The business’ Environment team, which is a member of the Chartered Institute Of Ecology and Environmental Management, is launching the service further to the success of online training provided earlier this year.

Principal ecologist Rob Harrison said: “Since the Government laid out its Environment Bill and the regulations it would enforce last year, we have undertaken a number of projects with residential and commercial developers,  providing guidance and preparing  strategies to help them understand and fulfil their obligations, generate Biodiversity Net Gain and aid the planning process.

“In April and May this year, when the country was at the height of its national lockdown, we hosted a number of free webinars to help educate clients and partners about key topics within the sector, including biodiversity and protected species.

“These were very well received, and the past few months have led to enquiries from clients for tailored sessions to meet their team’s specific requirements. With the busy summer survey season now over, we are preparing content for a series of one-hour webinars which will deliver precise information to meet these needs,” he said.

The Environment Bill will enforce regulations on Local Planning Authorities, requiring them step up their response to biodiversity losses by adopting clear environmental and planning policy requirements that encourage developers to take account of, and address biodiversity impacts.

Rob said: “This requirement means that developers must ensure that all submitted applications demonstrate that these impacts have been taken into account and researched and that steps have been made to protect it.

“These short, complimentary sessions will provide businesses with the insight required to help them assess and address these impacts, and where further support will be needed.”

Businesses wishing to discuss and schedule online sessions should contact Rob directly.