Wildlife Management Operations Across Scotland National Forest Estate

Wildlife Management Operations Across Scotland National Forest Estate

The scope of this framework agreement will cover deer (and other wildlife) management operations across the SNFE.

United Kingdom-Inverness: Forest pest control services

2019/S 083-197163

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Forestry and Land Scotland
1 Highlander Way, Inverness Retail Park
Inverness
IV2 7GB
United Kingdom
Contact person: Procurement Department
Telephone: +44 3000676000
E-mail: procurement@forestryandland.gov.scot
NUTS code: UKMInternet address(es):Main address: http://forestryandland.gov.scot

Address of the buyer profile: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA30371

I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: Forestry

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Deer (and Other Wildlife) Management on the Scotland National Forest Estate

Reference number: FW0052

II.1.2)Main CPV code

77231200

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has a requirement for the provision of services to assist in the management of deer and other wildlife, humanely and cost-effectively, at a level which is consistent with acceptable impacts on forests and other habitats within the Scotland National Forest Estate (SNFE). Contractors will be invited to provide services alongside FLS to supplement our wildlife staffs’ cull targets on the SNFE.

The scope of this framework agreement will cover deer (and other wildlife) management operations across the SNFE. Tasks required may include (but are not limited to); deer management and other wildlife management to include, but not limited to the control of, fox, feral goat and feral pigs.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 10 500 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for maximum number of lots: 2
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: 2
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 1 — North Region

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

77231200

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM6
NUTS code: UKM61
NUTS code: UKM62
NUTS code: UKM63
NUTS code: UKM65
NUTS code: UKM66
NUTS code: UKM64
NUTS code: UKM5

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Authority has a requirement for the provision of services to assist in the management of deer and other wildlife, humanely and cost-effectively, at a level which is consistent with acceptable impacts on forests and other habitats within the North Region (Full mapping available in the Invitation to Tender Pack).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Quality Questions / Weighting: 75
Price – Weighting: 25
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 2 — East Region

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

77231200

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM5
NUTS code: UKM50
NUTS code: UKM6
NUTS code: UKM62
NUTS code: UKM7
NUTS code: UKM71
NUTS code: UKM72
NUTS code: UKM77

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Authority has a requirement for the provision of services to assist in the management of deer and other wildlife, humanely and cost-effectively, at a level which is consistent with acceptable impacts on forests and other habitats within the East Region (Full mapping available in the Invitation to Tender Pack).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Quality Questions / Weighting: 75
Price – Weighting: 25
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 3 — West Region

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

77231200

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM63
NUTS code: UKM6
NUTS code: UKM8
NUTS code: UKM81
NUTS code: UKM77

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Authority has a requirement for the provision of services to assist in the management of deer and other wildlife, humanely and cost-effectively, at a level which is consistent with acceptable impacts on forests and other habitats within the West Region (Full mapping available in the Invitation to Tender Pack).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Qaulity Questions / Weighting: 75
Price – Weighting: 25
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 4 — Central Region

Lot No: 4

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

77231200

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM75
NUTS code: UKM73
NUTS code: UKM72
NUTS code: UKM76
NUTS code: UKM77
NUTS code: UKM78
NUTS code: UKM8
NUTS code: UKM81
NUTS code: UKM82
NUTS code: UKM83
NUTS code: UKM84
NUTS code: UKM95

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Authority has a requirement for the provision of services to assist in the management of deer and other wildlife, humanely and cost-effectively, at a level which is consistent with acceptable impacts on forests and other habitats within the Central Region (Full mapping available in the Invitation to Tender Pack).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Quality Questions / Weighting: 75
Price – Weighting: 25
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 5 — South Region

Lot No: 5

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

77231200

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM95
NUTS code: UKM94
NUTS code: UKM93
NUTS code: UKM92
NUTS code: UKM91
NUTS code: UKM9

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Authority has a requirement for the provision of services to assist in the management of deer and other wildlife, humanely and cost-effectively, at a level which is consistent with acceptable impacts on forests and other habitats within the South Region (Full mapping available in the Invitation to Tender Pack).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Quality Questions / Weighting: 75
Price – Weighting: 25
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

Bidders must respond to ESPD Questions 4B.5.1, 4B.5.2 and 4B.6.

It is a requirement of this contract that Bidders hold, or can commit to obtain prior to the commencement of any subsequently awarded contract, the types and levels of insurance indicated below: For all lots.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Employers liability insurance = to a minimum indemnity limit of 5 000 000 GBP, each and every claim, without limit to the number of claims.

Public and products liability insurance = to a minimum indemnity level of 5 000 000 GBP, each and every claim, without limit to the number of claims.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:

Bidders must respond to all selection criteria ESPD Questions in the Master ITT

Statement for ESPD 4C.1.2:

Statement for ESPD 4C.6:

Statement for ESPD 4C.8.1:

Statement for ESPD 4C.10:

Statement for ESPD 4D.1:

Statement for ESPD 4D.2:

These technical selection criteria apply to the framework.

Descriptions of services previously carried out that are directly related to the scope.

Health and Safety Procedures.

Environmental Management Procedures.

Confirm their average annual manpower for the last 3 years (including Sub-Contractors).

Confirm whether they intend to subcontract and, if so, for what proportion of the contract.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Minimum level for ESPD 4C.6:

Bidders must respond to ESPD Statement for ESPD 4A.2 for all lots:

Full copy of your British Firearms Certificate stating approval to hold firearms legal for culling all species of deer in Scotland and purchase/approval to purchase a sound moderator or

EU Firearms Pass and visitors permit via UK sponsor issued by UK police with deer legal calibre for use with all species of Deer in Scotland and meets Authority guidelines including purchase/approval to purchase a sound moderator

Bidders must confirm if they hold the particular authorisation or memberships

— Deer Stalking Certificate (DSC) 1 and 2 Certificates and

— SNH Fit and Competent Registered — https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/safeguarding-protected-areas-and-species/licensing/species-licensing-z-guide/deer-licensing/deer-authorisations and

— Trained Hunter status and

— Emergency First Aid at Work + F (EFAW+F) – note that Emergency First Aid at Work will be accepted for this tender however Emergency First Aid + F must be supplied before the beginning of any Call Off Contract under the Framework Agreement; and

— Where required for delivery of the service in the Region All-Terrain Vehicles training certificates (ATC/V training and competence certificates from NPTC (https://www.nptc.org.uk/default.aspx), LANTRA (https://www.lantra.co.uk/awards/product/lantra-awards-technical-award-sit-atv-conventional-steered) and BORDA (British Off Road Driving Association (http://www.borda.org.uk/atv-training.html) if required and

— Undertaken Manual Handling training (guidance can be obtained from the HSE — http://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/faq-manhand.htm

— Have undertaken and passed Authority Firearms Safety Skills Test (Annexe I of Schedule 1 – Specification),

— Full valid UK or EU Driving Licence suitable for categories of vehicles to be operated.

Please see the following link for our First Aid policy which explains the requirements for the +F:

https://forestryandland.gov.scot/business-and-services/procurement/first-aid-policy

Due to character limitation on this Contract Notice – Further to the description of the selection criteria outlined above, full guidance and the minimum level of standards required are outlined in the “Deer (and other wildlife) management on the Scottish National Forest Estate” “ESPD Statements” attachment, which can be found in the “Information and Instructions” folder of the Buyer Attachments area, within the project on PCS(T).

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

For full details of the conditions relevant to the proposed Framework Agreement and contracts to be called-off thereunder (to the extent known or settled at this stage), please see the Procurement Documents (details of how to access these being set out in section “1.3 Communication” of this Contract Notice).

Forestry and Land Scotland will require the members of any tendering group of entities (including, but not limited to consortium members, members of a group of economic operators and/or sub-contractors) to be jointly and severally liable for the performance of the contract (no matter the legal form taken by those entities in order to enter into the contract).

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 53
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 29/05/2019
Local time: 14:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 29/05/2019
Local time: 14:00
Place:

Forest and Land Head Office, Highlander Way, Inverness, IV2 7GB.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

April 2023.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

The Supplier response to the ESPD (Scotland) questions listed at section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information of this Contract notice will be evaluated as follows:

— pass = response is compliant with the minimum requirement stated in the Contract Notice section III,

— fail = response is not compliant with the minimum requirement stated in the Contract Notice section III.

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

A sub-contract clause has been included in this contract. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2363

In accordance with section 25(3) of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, Forestry and Land Scotland intends to include community benefits in this requirement. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2361

A summary of the expected community benefits that Contractors will be requested to deliver has been provided as follows:

(a) The Contractor will be required to provide access to SMEs wherever possible and will advertise all future subcontracting opportunities linked to any contract over the value of 200 000 GBP using the Public Contract Scotland Portal,

(b) The Contractor and its supply chain will be required to actively participate in the achievement of social, environmental and/or sustainability policy objectives relating to local regeneration, social and economic growth, recruitment, employment and training and supply chain initiatives for contract over the value of 200 000 GBP.

The Contractor will be required to detail the community benefits that it will deliver if successful in this tender opportunity within Attachment 05 Award Questionnaire.

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 13455. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2343

A sub-contract clause has been included in this contract. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2363

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2361

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

The following Community Benefits are included and Contractors will be expected to deliver Community Benefits through this Framework Agreement

(a) The Contractor will be required to provide access to SMEs wherever possible and will advertise all future subcontracting opportunities linked to any contract over the value of 200 000 GBP using the Public Contract Scotland Portal,

(b) The Contractor and its supply chain will be required to actively participate in the achievement of social, environmental and/or sustainability policy objectives relating to local regeneration, social and economic growth, recruitment, employment and training and supply chain initiatives for contract over the value of 200,000 GBP.

(SC Ref:581226).

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Forestry and Land Scotland
1 Highlander Way, Inverness Retail Park
Inverness
IV2 7GB
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000676000Internet address: http://forestryandland.gov.scot
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

24/04/2019