Ecological Planning &

Research

our core skills

Our team are highly skilled and experienced in all aspects of ecology.  Our surveys form the bedrock of our robust and reliable advice, ranging

from the initial appraisal stages of your

application, right through to public inquiry.

 

 

We have an excellent track record in successfully obtaining the necessary development licences for European protected species from Natural England, principally for bats, Great Crested Newts and Dormice.

 

 

We keep fully up to date with changes in the licensing procedures and current thinking at Natural England, particularly recent measures designed to streamline the process.

 

 

We are highly experienced in surveying to current best practice guidelines such as those published by the Bat Conservation Trust and Natural England.

 

 

Our core services and skills include:

  • ecology in masterplanning
  • ecological impact assessment
  • habitats regulations assessment
  • sea / sustainability appraisal
  • expert witness / public inquiry
  • breeam / csh
  • air quality
  • data analysis (statistical, spatial)
  • client cpd workshops

 

 

Our specialist team of ecologists collectively hold Natural England survey licences for all the major protected species and our survey capability includes:

  • reptiles
  • amphibians (great crested newts etc.)
  • bats (buildings, trees, activity)
  • mammals (dormouse, watervole, otter, badgers)
  • birds (breeding birds, winter birds)
  • vegetation (phase 1, phase 2, hedgerows)
  • invertebrates
  • historical & landscape ecology

 

 

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We routinely prepare and implement mitigation strategies for protected species (such as bats, reptiles & newts), including those under licence. Our specialist ecologists are able to design and implement successful mitigation which ensures that consents are successfully obtained and that biodiversity interests are maintained or enhanced.  Experience includes habitat creation/restoration, management planning, translocations and provision of protected species mitigation.