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.

  • New Green Walls Project with Cardiff Local Nature Partnership (LNP)New Green Walls Project with Cardiff Local Nature Partnership (LNP)
    This past year the Trust has been working with Cardiff Local Nature Partnership (LNP) to improve biodiversity in polluted, urbanised areas of Cardiff using Green Walls. Green Walls (or living walls) are vertical structures of plants, attached to a building in sections or made of climbing plants that slowly grow up the wall themselves. The benefits of ...
  • Desk studiesDesk studies
    Desk 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. Existing ecological information is collated from numerous sources, including Local Records Centres (LRCs), partner conservation organisations, Statutory Bodies and WTSWW’s own extensive ...
  • Habitat assessmentsHabitat assessments
    Phase I vegetation surveys 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 GIS mapping and ...
  • Protected species surveysProtected species surveys
    The 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: Mammals • Badgers • Otters • Bats • Dormice • Water vole • Small ...
  • Mitigation and monitoringMitigation and monitoring
    Mitigation 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. WTSWW are able to inform the mitigation strategy through recommendations made during ecological surveys and from extensive experience in managing sites ...
  • Consultancy teamConsultancy team
    Our 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. Dr Lizzie Wilberforce, ecologist Lizzie also holds the post of Conservation Manager with the Wildlife Trust ...
  • Examples of our previous workExamples of our previous work
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  • Optimal survey timesOptimal survey times
    The 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.