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What Do Ecological Consultants Do?

 

The profession of ‘consultancy’ can mean many different things depending on the area it refers to. One thing that links all consultants – whatever their industry – is that they provide expert information and services in their chosen field. 

Ecological consultants offer specialist advice on projects – both big and small – relating to flora, fauna, and other ecological factors. For example, if a developer wants to get a planning application in a rural spot, an ecological consultant might be called upon to conduct a survey and assess the sorts of impacts it might (or mightn’t) have. Such professionals are critical in ensuring projects are subsequently carried out in as ecologically friendly a way as possible while still catering to the interests of involved stakeholders.

What Areas do Ecological Consultants Focus On?

An ecological consultant can focus on any aspect of the ecological natural world. In the UK, though, these consultants typically focus on specific species, including reptiles, badgers, newts, bats, and other species (including plant species) commonly found in UK woodlands, forests, moors, marshes, and any other natural environment. 

They’ll either work solely on a specific survey, like a badger survey, for instance, or they’ll conduct what’s known as an EcIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) that gives a comprehensive overview of a site’s existing ecological standing, as well as the impacts of any proposed development or project. Such surveys and assessments don’t just benefit the environment, though – they benefit project stakeholders, too. The earlier these processes are carried out, the less likely a project is to incur costs or delays at a later date as a result of unforeseen environmental issues.

Other Ecological Consultancy Services

 

Increasingly, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals, companies are seeking ways to improve their ecological and environmental standards. One of the most common ways they’re doing this is through habitat creation, restoration, and management. 

Ecological consultants will aid in that habitat creation, with a view to not only creating an ecologically robust habitat now but one that will continue to flourish well into the future, too. These consultants are vital in the intersection between planning and development and the continued growth (and often recovery) of natural habitats – a straddling of two worlds to find solutions that best suit both.

Contact our Ecological Consultants

So, you’ve read this and think you need the services of an ecological consultant, then get in touch! Contact Lockhart Garratt today by emailing us at info@lgluk.com. 

 

Ecological Consultants

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

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  • Landscape Design & Specification
  • Masterplanning & Urban Design
  • Landscape Management & Planning
  • Green Infrastructure Planning & Design
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  • Expert Witness
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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

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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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Nettlebed Estate – managing tree risk

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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

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