Services

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Woodland Management

Practical on-site work remains an integral part of our work. Whether you are a nature reserve or estate owner, a developer requiring ecological mitigation works to discharge planning conditions, or simply want to make your small plot better for wildlife, we have both the expertise and practical skills to help. We are fully insured and hold the relevant NPTC and first aid qualifications required to ensure that works are carried out safely & efficiently. Our team of working horses can undertake work on the most sensitive of sites but, if larger plant machinery is required, we can call upon specialist machine operators who are experienced in working on ecologically sensitive sites.


We provide:


  • Nature Reserve Management

  • Small Woodland Management (coppicing & coppice restoration, selective thinning, track/ride maintenance, ancient woodland restoration)

  • Hedgelaying (all regional styles)

  • Tree & hedgerow planting

  • Heathland management/restoration

  • Meadow and grassland management

  • Scrub clearance

  • Site infrastructure (eg. bridges, boardwalks, gates)

  • Provision of contract nature reserve wardens, rangers & group leaders

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Conservation Advice

As a society, we are becoming increasingly aware of the continued decline in biodiversity and the collective responsibility we share in addressing this. With a background in wildlife conservation and running species conservation projects across the breadth of the UK, Pete is well placed to provide constructive and pragmatic conservation advice. Whether you are a company looking to improve your green credentials, a private nature reserve owner confused as to where to start, or a farmer/landowner looking for sources of funding for sensitive land management, we are well placed to help.


We can provide:


  • Preparation of Nature Reserve Management Plans (we can implement them too!)

  • Preparation of Biodiversity Action Plans (for habitats and species)

  • Biodiversity Audits & Appraisals (how 'wildlife friendly' is your site?)

  • Long-term Ecological Monitoring Strategies

  • Preparation of Countryside Stewardship applications

  • Woodland Management Plans & applications for Felling Licences

We are always interested in helping with ecological and wildlife based research projects. If you have a project that you would like help with, please give us a call.

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Ecological Consultancy

We offer a wide range of ecology surveys and assessments, all of which adhere to industry standard best practice guidelines. Whether you are planning a modest house extension/roof conversion, are seeking to promote new residential or commercial developments, or are plannnig a renewable energy project - we can provide surveys and assessments to suit your individual requirements. To provide the best possible service to you, we make sure that our surveys & assessments are tailored to your unique project needs - there are no generic 'off the shelf' options here.


Surveys include:


  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisals / Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys

  • Vegetation Surveys (including NVC)

  • Bat Surveys (inc. Preliminary Roost Assessments, Activity and Emergence/Re-Entry surveys)

  • Bird Surveys (inc. Breeding Bird, Wintering Bird, Vantage Point and Flight Activity surveys)

  • Reptile & Amphibian Surveys (inc. presence/absence, population studies, eDNA sampling)

  • Protected Mammals (inc. badger, otter, water vole, red squirrel, pine marten, Scottish wildcat)

  • Ecological Clerk of Works (holds relevant CSCS accreditation)


Ecological Assessments/Reports include:


  • Ecological Constraints & Opportunities Schedules

  • Reports to inform planning applications (survey reports, Ecological Impact Assessments, Environmental Statement chapters)

  • Ecological Mitigation Strategies

  • Landscape & Ecological Management Plans

  • Ecological Working Method Statements

Our reports are guaranteed to be concise (but thorough!) and relevant to the purpose for which they are commissioned. High quality figures are produced through the use of GIS software.