Practice Profile

Practice Profile

Ecology Services Ltd. is a multi-disciplinary practice with a broad base of skills. We provide a complete range of services associated with protected species and habitat management, including surveys and mitigation projects where required, botanical surveys, Phase 1 & 2 habitat surveys and National Vegetation Classification (NVC), Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA’s), woodland/grassland habitat management, creation, restoration and the implementation of aftercare.

Ecology Services Ltd. surveys, designs and implements its projects. Ecology Services Ltd. staff are qualified, multi-disciplinary environmental professionals, with a wide experience of town planning, landscape management, ecology and environmental legislation. Therefore, we are able to provide our clients with a comprehensive approach to environmental services.

Ecology Services Ltd. has particular expertise in herpetology and has strong links with the British Herpetological Society. All survey and mitigation work strictly follows the best practice Great crested newt mitigation guidelines set out by Natural England. Staff hold Great crested newt survey licences issued by Natural England for all the counties in England. We also hold Great crested newt mitigation licences issued by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

We have experience of projects involving habitat management and environmental impact assessments (EIA’s) which required vegetation, amphibian, water vole, bat, barn owl, reptile, crayfish and badger surveys.

Previous work has included species protection and habitat creation, enhancement, and restoration, in accordance with planning conditions. We are also experienced in the planning, design, implementation and management of urban parks, country parks and woodlands as well as wetland management projects including marshes, reed-beds, open lakes, rivers, ponds, heath-land, short grassland, lowland meadows and ancient forests, estuarine/wetland bird surveys.

Our largest project to date is the extended phase 1 habitat survey undertaken for United Utilities Plc in relation to the two pipelines; the Hodder and Lcus Aqueduct.

Commissions recently undertaken by Ecology Services Ltd. include: BAE Systems, Wigan Council, Edmund Nuttall Ltd, Tetrosyl, George Wimpey Manchester, Fairclough Homes Ltd and sub-contractual surveys for Penny Anderson Associates Ltd. See case studies for brief details of recent contracts.

If specialist surveyors are required, accredited agents will be employed where possible e.g. hydrologists, geologists and species specialists. Ecology Services Ltd. employ sub-contractors of the highest standard and reputation.

Photo: Male Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) © Simon Booth

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