Major infrastructure that respects protected species and habitats

The A9 Dualling project represents £3 billion worth of investment in Scotland’s transport infrastructure.  The project, which will see the dualling of a major spine road from Perth to Inverness, passes through some of Scotland’s most sensitive landscape and habitat features, and so requires careful consideration of the natural environment.

LUC’s ecology team has been involved in the A9 Dualling project since early 2014, delivering on-site ecological clerk of works (ECoW) support during ground investigations between Dalraddy and Kincraig. Our team worked closely with project designers and site investigation engineers to ensure sensitive environmental features were protected, while enabling important investigation works against tight timescales and deadlines.

Having developed an understanding of the site and its sensitivities, we were then commissioned in 2015 to collect baseline data relating to protected species in the central section of the project. Working to similarly tight timescales, we’ll be delivering a suite of surveys and technical reports to inform the developing environmental impact assessment.

For ecology surveys or expert input into mitigating the effects of any major linear transport scheme, please contact Steve Jackson-Matthews.