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What Does an Ecological Consultant Do?

 

The complexity of European legislation combined with new environmental laws and regulations in the UK has led to significant growth in the ecological consultancy industry. 

An ecological consultant conducts ecological research and surveys to advise how projects that utilise a particular section of land may affect animal and plant species and habitats in the area.

This type of work is demanding but very rewarding. In this article, we’ll look at the range of services an ecological consultant offers.

Field Survey, Monitoring, and Data Collection

 

An ecological consultant is normally employed in surveying flora and fauna, mapping, data analysis, and designated site monitoring. This is done in reference to already existing records in public centres and other relevant bodies.

Impact Assessment

 

Impact assessments are related to the process of planning. Some of these planning processes are related to projects like building or industrial developments, and consultants need to produce evidence of the potential impact of proposed projects on the environment. This information is used by developers, conservation organisations, planning departments among other stakeholders, mainly in public enquiring. 

Provision of Advice

 

Ecological consultants are called to advise on ecological issues like nature reserve management, the level, and the type of survey required to achieve a certain objective, and matters concerning wildlife legislation. This advice is offered in the form of reports, meetings, or presentations. Mostly, this advice focuses on protected species like badgers, bats, and great crested newts. 

Translocation and Mitigation

 

Mitigation involves trapping, relocating, and constructing new habitats for animals. If the animal is a protected species, a specific license must be held. It’s an ecological consultant’s responsibility to ensure that all the requirements of getting the license are adhered to. If the conditions are favourable, habitats like diverse grasslands may be translocated.

 

Business Management

 

The senior staff in consultancy agencies deal with financial and legal matters, give advice, generate policies, operate closely with clients, and generate new businesses for clients. They supervise work done by junior employees and provide the necessary training needed.

Summary

 

The requirement to work as an ecological consultant is currently written in many university and college teachers’ contracts. The role of ecological consultants is wide and is applicable in many companies, government, and non-governmental organisation projects.

At Lockhart Garratt, we offer ecological consultancy services and have worked on many projects, Linear Park Construction Management-Hanwood Park Project being one of them.

 

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Our Environmental Planning, Forestry and Design Services

Arboriculture

  • Trees & Development
  • Tree Risk Management
  • Ash Dieback Advice & Management
  • Trees & the Law
  • Expert Witness

Ecology

  • Habitat & Species Surveys and Licensing
  • Habitat Creation, Restoration and Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

Forestry & Woodland Management

  • Forestry Management Advice
  • Operational Management
  • Ash Dieback Advice & Management
  • Timber Sales
  • Grant Applications
  • New Woodland Design
  • Carbon
  • Woodland Evaluation

Landscape

  • Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment
  • Landscape Design & Specification
  • Masterplanning & Urban Design
  • Landscape Management & Planning
  • Green Infrastructure Planning & Design
  • Natural Capital
  • Heritage Landscapes
  • Expert Witness
  • Building with Nature

Soils & Land Restoration

  • Planning Rationalisation & Stakeholder Liaison
  • Land Survey & Management Planning
  • Cost Engineered Landscape & Habitat Design
  • Soil Survey & Advice
  • Restoration & Aftercare Management Plan (RAMP)
  • Implementation Management & Clerk of Works

 

Arboriculture

  • Trees & Development
  • Tree Risk Management
  • Expert Witness
  • Trees & the Law
  • Tree Protection & Management

Ecology

  • Habitat & Species Surveys and Licensing
  • Habitat Creation, Restoration and Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Ecological Impact Assess

Forestry & Woodland Management

  • Forestry Management Advice
  • Timber Sales
  • Grant Applications
  • New Woodland Design

Landscape & Green Infrastructure

  • Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment
  • Landscape Design & Specification
  • Landscape Management Plans
  • Green Infrastructure Planning & Design
  • Expert Witness

Soils & Land Restoration

  • Planning Rationalisation & Stakeholder Liaison
  • Land Survey & Management Planning
  • Cost Engineered Landscape & Habitat Design
  • Soil Survey & Advice
  • Restoration & Aftercare Management Plan (RAMP)
  • Implementation Management & Clerk of Works

Arboriculture

  • Trees & Development
  • Tree Risk Management
  • Expert Witness
  • Trees & the Law
  • Tree Protection & Management

Ecology

  • Habitat & Species Surveys and Licensing
  • Habitat Creation, Restoration and Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Ecological Impact Assess

Forestry & Woodland Management

  • Forestry Management Advice
  • Timber Sales
  • Grant Applications
  • New Woodland Design

Landscape & Green Infrastructure

  • Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment
  • Landscape Design & Specification
  • Landscape Management Plans
  • Green Infrastructure Planning & Design
  • Expert Witness

Soils & Land Restoration

  • Planning Rationalisation & Stakeholder Liaison
  • Land Survey & Management Planning
  • Cost Engineered Landscape & Habitat Design
  • Soil Survey & Advice
  • Restoration & Aftercare Management Plan (RAMP)
  • Implementation Management & Clerk of Works

Meet our team of arboriculture, ecology, forestry and landscape experts

Lockhart Garratt was established in 1998. Since then it has developed into one of England’s leading independent consultancies. We provide expert, high-quality professional advice with a focus on relationships. In our case, this relates to trees, ecology, woodland, forestry, landscaping and green infrastructure. Servicing our clients across the UK, we are based in 2 offices – Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

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Projects

Landscape masterplanning for a new concept and template for retirement living

Landscape masterplanning for a new concept and template for retirement living

Linear Park Construction Management – Hanwood Park

Linear Park Construction Management – Hanwood Park

Bletchley Park – Landscape Design

Bletchley Park – Landscape Design

Fortis Green – Podium Landscape Design

Fortis Green – Podium Landscape Design

The Great House, Sonning – Expert Witness

The Great House, Sonning – Expert Witness

Queensway – Landscape Masterplanning

Queensway – Landscape Masterplanning

Elmhurst Triangle – Design of High Quality Landscape Setting

Elmhurst Triangle – Design of High Quality Landscape Setting

East Witney – Promotion of Large Scale Residential Allocation Site

East Witney – Promotion of Large Scale Residential Allocation Site

Dalton Barracks – Strategic Development Area – Promotion of Large Scale Residential Development

Dalton Barracks – Strategic Development Area – Promotion of Large Scale Residential Development

St Paul’s House – Design of Podium Landscape

St Paul’s House – Design of Podium Landscape

Apton Hall – Events Space Landscape Design

Apton Hall – Events Space Landscape Design

JME Civils, Corby – achieving nutrient rich content

JME Civils, Corby – achieving nutrient rich content

Buccleuch Properties, Kettering – addressing the balance

Buccleuch Properties, Kettering – addressing the balance

D Harding, Leek Wootton – sustainable land-use for future investment

D Harding, Leek Wootton – sustainable land-use for future investment

Viridor, Wangford, Suffolk – a challenging arable restoration; grassland restoration to grazing / hay cropping

Viridor, Wangford, Suffolk – a challenging arable restoration; grassland restoration to grazing / hay cropping

Viridor, Croydon – 60 year restoration across 9 habitats

Viridor, Croydon – 60 year restoration across 9 habitats

Whiting Landscapes, Ellistown – a new community woodland

Whiting Landscapes, Ellistown – a new community woodland

C Gilchrist, Skeffington Wood – a 20-year management plan

C Gilchrist, Skeffington Wood – a 20-year management plan

Hanson Aggregates UK – A sensitive SSSI habitat

Hanson Aggregates UK – A sensitive SSSI habitat

National Forest Company – A six-part report

National Forest Company – A six-part report

The Warren, Abersoc, North Wales – Creating a soft landscaping design scheme

The Warren, Abersoc, North Wales – Creating a soft landscaping design scheme

Oxwich Bay, Swansea – Developing a Landscape and Design Strategy

Oxwich Bay, Swansea – Developing a Landscape and Design Strategy

David Wilson Homes – overturning an LPA decision

David Wilson Homes – overturning an LPA decision

Penny Wakefield Community Wood – creating a new public woodland

Penny Wakefield Community Wood – creating a new public woodland

Pye Homes, Sutton Courtenay – planning permission for housing development

Pye Homes, Sutton Courtenay – planning permission for housing development

Babworth and Hesley Estate – working in operational partnership

Babworth and Hesley Estate – working in operational partnership

Bradgate Park- bat conservation in ancient parkland trees

Bradgate Park- bat conservation in ancient parkland trees

Nettlebed Estate – managing tree risk

Nettlebed Estate – managing tree risk

East Northamptonshire Council – Greenways feasibility study

East Northamptonshire Council – Greenways feasibility study

Kettering Borough Council, Desborough West – upholding planning refusal

Kettering Borough Council, Desborough West – upholding planning refusal

Wellingborough Golf Club – strategy for woodland management

Wellingborough Golf Club – strategy for woodland management

The Corby Woodland Project: Protecting ancient woodland in an urban setting

The Corby Woodland Project: Protecting ancient woodland in an urban setting

Disused naturist park gets new lease of life

Disused naturist park gets new lease of life

Baseline Assessment and Implementation of a Tree Risk Management Policy

Baseline Assessment and Implementation of a Tree Risk Management Policy

Woodland Creation and Sequestering Carbon

Woodland Creation and Sequestering Carbon

Timely Guidance on Soil Handling for Green Infrastructure Creation

Timely Guidance on Soil Handling for Green Infrastructure Creation

Badger Mitigation

Badger Mitigation

Alternative solutions to timber extraction

Alternative solutions to timber extraction

Corporate Woodland Holding “No budget? No problem!”

Corporate Woodland Holding “No budget? No problem!”

Water Balancing Scheme and Open Space Delivery

Water Balancing Scheme and Open Space Delivery

Green Infrastructure Study

Green Infrastructure Study

Landscape Character Assessment

Landscape Character Assessment

LVIA, Landscaping Scheme & Green Infrastructure Supporting Statement

LVIA, Landscaping Scheme & Green Infrastructure Supporting Statement

Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment

Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment

Visual Impact Assessment

Visual Impact Assessment

Effective Woodland Management

Effective Woodland Management

Woodland Management Support

Woodland Management Support

Woodland Design & Implementation

Woodland Design & Implementation

Ancient Woodland in the Chilterns

Ancient Woodland in the Chilterns

Ecological Scope of Works to Support Redevelopment of Vehicle Depot

Ecological Scope of Works to Support Redevelopment of Vehicle Depot

Ecological Support for Expansion of New School

Ecological Support for Expansion of New School

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey to Support Expansion of Existing School

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey to Support Expansion of Existing School

Bat Survey of SSSI

Bat Survey of SSSI

Research

Research

Design for Local Government

Design for Local Government

Development of Interpretation Signage

Development of Interpretation Signage

Interpretation Signage

Interpretation Signage

Parkland Inventory

Parkland Inventory

Tree Risk Management Survey & Policy

Tree Risk Management Survey & Policy

Avenue Management Plan

Avenue Management Plan

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