Ecological Planning & Research
Established in 1989, EPR has gathered a wealth of experience, both in terms of the work that we have undertaken and the team that we have developed.
All professional members of the team, ranging from assistant ecologists to principal ecological consultants, are qualified to degree level or above and all are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). We are able to resource substantial project teams with the necessary skills to see successful outcomes for both our clients and biodiversity. Our ecologists have skills in all aspects of ecology, including ecological appraisals and habitat surveys, bat surveys, Great Crested Newt surveys, reptile surveys, Dormouse surveys, bird surveys, ecological report writing and ecological expert witness.
EPR has firm roots in the planning process, and our team includes expert ecologists, planners, environmental assessors and project managers, so that we are able to field a team with the appropriate skills for the job from initial site appraisal through to public inquiry and project implementation.
EPR’s solid footing in both ecology and planning enables us to advise on all ecological aspects of development, conservation and research projects. At EPR we recognise that development is needed both for urban renewal, and to achieve the economic progress that funds all conservation activity. Development frequently involves ecological effects, but planning to address or offset such effects in advance often enables the development to proceed sustainably and without objection. Well-designed projects can achieve conservation enhancements as well as planning objectives.
We also understand the needs of developers, many of whom are our clients, and we work as an integral part of the project team to find solutions to identified problems. We regularly and effectively negotiate with bodies such as Natural England, The Environment Agency or the Local Planning Authority.