CIRIA and The Ecology Consultancy have announced the launch of the new Working with Wildlife mobile app.
Designed to provide those working in the construction sector with practical advice on how to manage a range of protected species that are currently encountered on construction sites, the app has information on badgers, bats, birds, dormice, great crested newts, otters, reptiles, and water voles. The app also includes information on how to recognise these species, and what signs to look for onsite. This allows decisions to be made on whether works can continue or whether they need to stop whilst further advice is sought.
The app also contains an introduction to the key aspects of current legislation, a galley of photographs to help identify species, signs of their presence and habitats, and a glossary of some terms used, as well as references and further reading. A calendar covering survey times throughout the year is also provided, to help users understand when protected species surveys can be undertaken.
The new mobile application format enables contractors and workers to easily access key information about species on the go, allowing the content to be regularly updated and ensuring that the information and guidance around protected species contained within the app is kept up-to-date and in-line with current legislation.
“This new resource further enhances CIRIA’s commitment to championing biodiversity in the built environment,” said Leanne Clowting, Executive Director of CIRIA. “Alongside the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards, we hope that this app will enable construction professionals to ensure that industry can be even more widely proactive in ensuring the future of our endangered species.”
“The adaptation of the Working with Wildlife guidance into app form enables construction companies to easily share our guidance and puts it directly into the hands of their onsite employees,” said John Newton, Founder and Strategic Advisor of The Ecology Consultancy. “This will be invaluable in helping developers meet legislation requirements and encourage an understanding of the issues around wildlife conservation that their projects may come up against.”
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/04032019/new-working-with-wildlife-mobile-app-launched/