sherwood sustainability and environmental associates ecological surveys

Ecological Services

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”.

                                                                                                                        John Muir

What we do

We offer a full spectrum of ecological services, delivered with a flexible and responsive approach that our clients so often require. Our services range from preliminary ecological assessments services, protected species surveys and Ecological mpact Assessments, and continue through to include the creation of mitigation strategies and habitat management plans.

Our services  include:

  • Preliminary Ecological Assessments
  • Protected species surveys (great crested newts, bats, badgers, barn owls, reptiles, water voles, otters, crayfish)
  • Botanical surveys
  • Hedgerow surveys
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Ecological Impact Assessments
  • Arboricultural Impact Assessments
  • BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments (CfSH)
  • GIS mapping and analysis

Our approach

Our team of ecological consultants are all members of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and thereby working to the highest industry standards. We offer ecological input to the whole process, from initial scoping through to the Environmental Statement.

We provide comprehensive ecology survey, management and advisory services to a range of clients from developers, land managers, local authorities, and parish councils. Our prime concern is ensuring our clients achieve their desired outcome whilst at the same time enhancing the biodiversity of the site.

Our approach is based in UK policy and legislation with the aim of creating or maintaining resilient ecological networks that are capable of coping with climate change or other pressures.

We work seamlessly within the land planning and management process using our Habitats and Estates team to create the habitats proposed through the ecological assessment, and manage them on a long term basis.

We also work closely with our partner the Sustainable Land Trust to deliver sites which offer potential for the maximisation of ecosystem services and the involvement of the community.

Why people like us

We work closely with our clients to ensure a thorough understanding of each project early on to save time. We ensure that our clients projects meets all of the latest regulatory requirements and we make sure that critical matters are reported immediately; enabling the projects team to plan effectively.

We can advise on opportunities available to the land owner and through our wider knowledge and experience in sustainability issues, can offer creative solutions to issues perceived as ecological constraints on the site.

Case Studies

EcIA and BREEAM Communities

sherwood sustainability and environmental associates ecological services

Our ecologists were commissioned to provide an Ecological Impact Assessment as part of the team’s wider role in project managing the BREEAM Communities and Environmental Impact Assessment for a land owner in Lincolnshire.

Our team were involved in the project from the outset and therefore were able to identify the opportunities and constraints that the site afforded in terms of biodiversity at the earliest stage.

We conducted a desk study following by a preliminary ecological assessment covering Phase 1 habitat and NVC surveys, bat surveys, bird surveys, great crested newt, and reptile surveys.  We liaised with the relevant agencies and statutory bodies, and were involved in public consultations to further understand the site and its environs.

Working with the client, the landscape architect, adjacent land owners, and the flood specialist we now aim to significantly enhance the biodiversity network within and around the site.

EcIA for Biomass CHP

sherwood sustainability and environmental associates EcIA

Our client, a manufacturer of wood based products, aimed to utilise their waste materials to create heat and power from a biomass combined heat and power unit.

Our role was to provide a preliminary ecological impact assessment for their planning application.

Our approach included advising the client on national regulation and local policy including assessing appropriate Biodiversity and Habitat Action Plans in place for the area; and identifying statutory and non statutory designated sites and protected species that might be impacted by the proposal.

Our role included conducting initial ecological surveys and the evaluation of hedgerows in accordance with the Hedgerow Regulations; protected species surveys and discussions and negotiations with statutory bodies and the Wildlife Trust.  We were able to identify and mitigate against project activities that would cause damage, stress or disturbance through all stages of the process (construction, operation, decommissioning).

Our mitigation advice was also based upon the client’s desire to improve the wider environment and included opportunities to enhance biodiversity through the restoration of farm hedgerows, planting of new woodland, creation of a farm pond, and the enhancement of habitat linkages to the wider countryside.

We were also able to advise our clients on the range of further environmental actions required for the Environmental Statement, such as the scope of works for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, Air Quality, and Water Quality assessments.