Ecology Consultancy Services
Ecological consultancy services cover a wide spectrum of activities from site surveys, desk studies, and the preparation of reports to the practical implementation of mitigation activities on site. The ecologist input is usually to assist with obtaining consent for a project. Typically this will involve undertaking surveys and providing reports in support of planning applications.
Communication is key in all aspects of our work and we are particularly skilled in negotiating with Local Authorities and other regulatory statutory agencies.
The first stages of the ecological assessment process usually involve an Extended Phase 1 habitat survey. These are carried out following standard methodology and in accordance with CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management) Preliminary Ecological Assessment Guidance and BS42020 the British Standard for Biodiversity in Development and Planning.
The ecological consultants at Mainer Associates have carried out preliminary site surveys for a wide a range of sites throughout England, Scotland and Wales including the big cities we are located in, London, Manchester & Oxfordshire. This includes small scale developments through to large scale infrastructure projects. Clients range from small developers through to major utilities companies.
Following these initial surveys we have the skills and qualifications to carry out any necessary further surveys that can be critical in terms of consenting regimes and timing. Our in house skills cover most forms of wildlife including bats, amphibians, birds, mammals and vegetation. Where required we hold the necessary licences to carry out specialist surveys.
Timing is everything as ecological issues can lead to significant delays in obtaining consent. This is because certain surveys can only be carried out at specific times during the year. To avoid delays speak to us about your project at the earliest possible opportunity.
We have extensive experience in providing the specialist ecological input to BREEAM. Our experience includes housing developments, student accommodation, hospitals, new build schools, the expansion of existing educational facilities and other commercial developments. We have highly experienced staff who meet the BREEAM criteria as ‘suitably qualified ecologist’.
Early ecological input can also help with BREEAM reporting, where design and layout options might increase opportunities for BREEAM credits.