Ecological Consultancy

Today, many wildlife species and habitats are protected by national and international legislation, which can pose a potential problem to developers if not identified at an early stage. When identified at an early stage, opportunities exist to enhance schemes through appropriate mitigation measures, for the benefit of the development and for wildlife.

Marsh Fritillary by Rob Parry

Marsh Fritillary by Rob Parry

Drawing on the expertise of our ecologists, the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) is able to offer a wide range of ecological consultancy services which aim to inform all stages of your development. From years of experience working in conservation and developments, our fully trained team hold the relevant licences required to undertake surveys for protected species and habitats. Services we can offer include:

Before contacting us we recommend you check our information on optimal times of year for  specific surveys but please contact us if you have any queries. You can also browse examples of past projects we have undertaken. If you are interested in working with us we would be delighted to hear from you..

Please note all profits from our ecological consultancy go directly towards supporting our conservation work in south west Wales.

  • Desk studies Grass snake by Vaughn MatthewsDesk studies are the basic starting point of most ecological surveys and aim to identify what species and habitats are present within and adjacent to the proposed development area to better inform future surveys.... Read More » Existing ecological information is collated from numerous sources, including Local Records Centres (LRCs), partner conservation organisations, Statutory Bodies and ...
  • Habitat assessments Bee orchidPhase I vegetation surveys... Read More » Phase I surveys form the basis of most ecological site assessments and are designed to ensure all major habitat types are identified, along with target notes of key associated species, potential issues and any features of ecological importance. The resulting report will highlight key habitats and features, accurately illustrated using ...
  • Protected species surveys Surveying for great crested newtsThe WTSWW ecological consultancy has a fully trained team of dedicated ecologists, who have experience of protected species relating to potential developments and through surveying and managing positively for them on our nature reserves. Our team is fully licensed to undertake a number of protected species surveys including:... Read More » Mammals... Read More » • Badgers • ...
  • Mitigation and monitoring Sherman trapsMitigation If the presence of a protected species or its place of shelter has been detected during ecological surveys it is likely that a mitigation strategy will be required from Statutory Bodies and the Local Authority.... Read More » WTSWW are able to inform the mitigation strategy through recommendations made during ecological surveys and from extensive experience ...
  • Consultancy team Surveying for dormiceOur experienced consultancy team draws on a range of staff with a variety of experience in both survey and land management. All our consultancy staff carry appropriate licenses for the services we offer and are proficient in the use of GIS.... Read More » Rob Parry MSc MIEEM, head of consultancy... Read More » Rob holds the ...
  • Examples of our previous work BBS JuneThis page is currently under construction... Read More »
  • Optimal survey times Survey timesThe table below shows the optimal periods of the year that we recommend for the surveys we offer. Please contact us if you have any queries.... Read More » ... Read More »