Good Practice and Awards

This page provides some details on completed work by MEAS which we regard as worthy of note. In some cases external recognition has been forthcoming and this is shown below. See the following sub-sections:



New Nesting rafts at Wirral Waters

MEAS has worked in partnership with Peel, their consultants TEP, Natural England and Wirral Council  to provide regulatory assistance and advice for the new nesting rafts at Morpeth Dock, as part of the development of  Wirral Waters.

The new rafts will provide nesting and roosting habitat for Common tern and cormorant, which are qualifying bird species of the Liverpool Bay SPA.

Full details can be found in an article published by Wirral Globe on 28/07/2020.

A link to the article can be found here


2020 IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards

Nature Connected and MEAS are delighted to announce that the LCR Year of Environment 2019 has been shortlisted under 2 categories for the 2020 IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards:


Biodiversity and Environmental Net Gain

Sustainability Campaign (Not-For-Profit-Charity)


This is a fantastic achievement as the IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards attracted a great number of entries this year and the judges found it particularly difficult to single out the shortlisted entries.


This is a testament to all the hard work of Nature Connected and their partners and sponsors including MEAS who helped deliver a successful Year of Environment #YOE2019LCR.


The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on 18 September 2020. Find out more here:

IEMA Awards 2020 Shortlisted

Sefton Dunes and Ribble National Vegetation Classification Project

The MEAS Ecology team, with The Environment Partnership (TEP) were the winners in the Science category of the Landscape Institute Awards in 2007.



Hightown Dunes EIA

MEAS carried out a full Environmental Impact Assessment for the Hightown Dunes Restoration Project in 2011. The work is described below.


Hightown EIA


Waste Local Plan



RTPI NW logo

In August 2015 MEAS on behalf of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St.Helens and Wirral Councils won the ‘Collaboration’ category of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) North West Planning Achievement Awards. This award for planning excellence recognises the collaborative approach taken in preparing the Joint Merseyside and Halton Waste Local Plan.

The judges commented that the Plan was:

"An excellent flagship project for cross-boundary policy making for which those involved can be justifiably proud and a worthy winner for our collaboration award."


MEAS staff picked up the award at an RTPI event in Manchester on 4th December 2015. A big well done to everyone involved on the project!

RTPI Presentation


Planawards Win 360

Following its adoption by the six District Councils, the Merseyside & Halton Waste Local Plan was nominated for an award in the National Planning Awards. The Plan was one of two shortlisted by the judges in the Waste & Minerals category.

At an awards ceremony in London on November 18th, the Waste Local Plan was declared the national winner in its category. The judges noted the multiple consultations that were necessary and the consequent long plan preparation period. They particularly praised the joint working, collaboration and strategic coordination involved in developing the plan.

MEAS staff involved in the Plan preparation were delighted to see their work recognised through this award. Equally congratulations go to staff who were involved at earlier stages of the process but who have now moved on from MEAS.


The work carried out by MEAS on the Waste Local Plan was recognised by the leaders of the District Councils participating in the project. Their foreward to the Plan is reproduced below.


Liverpool Compact Education Business Partnership

In 2015 Merseyside BioBank (MBB) received an Employer Partner Certificate as a valued employer partner of Liverpool Compact Education Business Partnership. This was in recognition of MBB's commitment to help enhance opportunities for young people through the provision of information, advice and guidance; and participation in education-business link activities.

MBB certificate