Ecology

We provide a full range of professional services in Ecology as an integral part of our award-winning, multidisciplinary, consultancy. These services are supported by our complementary skills and expertise in Environmental Assessment, Landscape Architecture and Visualisation.

We can provide ecological services at all stages of project planning, design and implementation. Through gaining a thorough appreciation of the ecological context of our sites, we seek out opportunities to deliver creative design solutions and promote our client’s project aims.

Delivering a professional and pragmatic service

  • Our reputation for quality of service has been established over a period of more than 35 years.

    We adhere to the most up-to date professional standards of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

    Our approach is founded on practical experience, robust scientific knowledge and understanding of the relevant policy and legislation. We have a passion for all things ecological and a clear appreciation of commercial needs. We work to meet project aims for our clients whilst seeking to provide net gains for biodiversity.

     

  • We aim to deliver projects that contribute to and enhance the natural and built environment.

    We have a reputation for pragmatic and thorough work and we pride ourselves on building enduring, positive professional relationships across all sectors.

    We are committed to delivering high-quality, proportionate, outputs for all our clients in the form of reports, drawings and other graphics. We utilise our skills in graphics packages, CAD, GIS and 3D visualisation software to meet your requirements.

     

     

Timely service that you can depend on

When it comes to ecology, timing is everything!

You can depend on us to advise you on what needs to be done and when. Our Ecology Survey Calendar provides a handy guide but is no substitute for the bespoke expert advice that we can provide at any stage in a project.

We have extensive experience of identifying ecological constraints and opportunities and working collaboratively to develop creative mitigation, enhancement and management solutions that follow good practice principles for development and contribute to biodiversity net gain.

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Whether you are a private individual, a public authority or a major developer,
we will support you through each step of the process.

We will use our ecological expertise to assist you with:

Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

We are experienced in carrying out the first stage of a site assessment. This is known as a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA). The survey involves a desk-based study and a site visit to undertake an Extended Phase I Habitat Survey. A PEA will identify the potential ecological constraints and opportunities on a site. We can then advise you of any ecological implications for your proposal and recommend appropriate mitigation.

We can tailor the output of the PEA to your needs. PEA are generally not considered appropriate for a planning submission. They are, however, often used to inform the initial masterplanning discussions with the design team. In addition, they can be undertaken as a pre-acquisition survey or to collate the relevant data for a BREEAM assessment.

A PEA is often supplemented with further surveys, such as those for protected species. These will inform an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA), either as a standalone report or as a chapter of an ES.

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Ecological surveys

We can support you by identifying the ecological surveys required for your project.  Our team will design and undertake surveys in accordance with best practice guidelines utilising the latest techniques and technology.

Obtaining the correct baseline data early within the process is essential for identifying constraints and opportunities and for preparing a robust planning application.

Our survey experience and competence covers a range of protected species. We also specialise in Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys and provide National Vegetation Classification (NVC) surveys and botanical surveys.

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Ecological Impact Assessment

We are experienced in undertaking Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) in accordance with CIEEM guidelines.

We tailor our approach according to the nature and scale of the development proposed and the sensitivity of the location.

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Habitats Regulations Assessment

We have extensive experience of working on developments with the potential to affect internationally designated sites, including Special Protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation and Ramsar sites.

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Protected species mitigation licences

We can advise on UK protected species. Our team can work with you to help your project navigate the process of preparing mitigation strategies and securing mitigation licences in relation to a wide range of protected species, including badgers, bats, crayfish, great crested newts and dormice.

We have an in-house Registered Consultant who can administer Natural England’s Bat Mitigation Class Licence (formally known as the BLICL) to accelerate the process, where circumstances permit.

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Biodiversity off-setting and net gain

Our team is experienced at undertaking Biodiversity Net Gain calculations. The DEFRA offsetting calculator has been used for Local Planning Authorities that have adopted the approach.

We ensure that we highlight the net gain consideration early within the process. By doing so, any potential cost implications and timing constraints can be clearly understood.

We work proactively with design teams and statutory consultees. Our team provides pragmatic advice to clients as early as possible in the process to minimise the risk of delays and to ensure that projects meet the net gain principle.

We can test options and liaise with third parties where necessary, should off-site compensation measures be required.

 

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Ecological monitoring and management

We can support you by undertaking ecological monitoring and management to ensure that measures are being implemented as anticipated and achieving the desired outcomes. Ecological monitoring is often a key requirement of a protected species licence. The preparation of robust ecological or habitat management plans can often unlock complex sites for planning progress, or are required to discharge planning conditions.

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Strategic advice

We can work with you at a strategic level, providing ecological advice, input, review and assessment of strategic plans and programmes.

We have experience in the very early stages of project planning, providing strategic ecological advice and Green Infrastructure planning, assessment of alternatives and feasibility studies.

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Green Infrastructure

We can work with you to identify existing and potential green and blue infrastructure assets which have the capacity to enhance the character, amenity and biodiversity value of your site as well as delivering essential cost-effective infrastructure. We can provide strategies to either enhance existing, or establish new, green infrastructure and nature recovery networks as part of high-quality proposals that deliver added value to projects.

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Sustainability Assessments

We can provide advice on how to achieve relevant credits within sustainability assessments such as BREEAM and CEEQUAL.

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Environmental Management Plans

We can work with you and provide input to Construction Environmental Management Plans, Landscape and Ecological Management Plans and other such plans that may be required for your project.

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Please call us on 01225 876990 or complete the contact form to discuss the ecological services we can provide for your project.

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