Never before has Man been quite so concerned about his impact upon the environment. Before transport networks and industry provided more affordable and efficient methods, there was perhaps some level of ecological development, though this was made primarily out of necessity. Building materials would be locally sourced; water courses and landscapes left untouched because the technology to alter them simply wasn’t available.
Through the Industrial Revolution and the rapid population increase of the 19th and 20th centuries however, the emphasis of development fell wholly upon the need for rapid and large scale change.
The last fifty years have seen a major shift in objective. As more is understood about the value and need to work in harmony with our environment, so our focus has broadened.
Some factors are obvious. It is suggested that 1 in 6 homes in Britain are at risk from flooding, and the severe weather of 2012 illustrated this fact. While many people’s lives were devastated by water damage to property, there was also huge impact upon the environment. Floodplains have long been developed and ditches and carriers, nature’s own flood defences, simply tidied away.
Ecological development goes a lot further than a simple awareness of the environment though. It explores the relationships within the landscape and habitat and levels of impact that new development will have upon them.
New projects can be managed in order to minimise the effect on the biodiversity of the immediate environment. This does not mean homes or offices being built with wattle and daub, but careful analysis of the processes themselves. Sustainability and integration are ever more occurring facets of planning law and guidelines, and by making careful assessment of any potential impacts there will be far less opposition to new schemes and ideas.
The actions themselves will vary greatly from site to site. They may involve maintenance of existing habitat or the creation of new; sensitive species may need to be relocated or the changing seasonal aspects of a location considered.
Ultimately, we can only benefit from ecological development. Aside from the ethical and legal advantages is the personal gratification gained from harmonious interaction with nature. For too long we have squeezed the life out of the living landscape with no thought of long term impact, but today, interest in sustainable living and the life beyond our window panes has never been greater.
Author: Amol for Arbtech – UK’s leading company offering Competitive and Fast tree survey, ecology consultancy reports and bat surveys for more than 7 years at competitive cost.