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Ecology & Biodiversity Net Gain

Ecological Consultants

Ecology surveys are becoming more and more crucial in today’s world.  Proposed developments, whether domestic or commercial, now almost always require some form of ecology survey to assess how a habitat/landscape might be affected by said development. 

Our team of practical, innovative thinking ecologists are fully licensed to work with most protected species including great crested newts and bats, and have a wide range of practical experience with key species such as birds, reptiles and mammals, including badgers.

Whether you are delivering a small or large-scale project our highly experienced and practical team can support you with all of the ecological requirements of your planning application.

Ecology Services

Habitat & Protected Species Surveys

Ecological surveys are now regularly requested by planning authorities as a standard part of the planning application process. Our in-house team of experienced ecologists are capable of evaluating the extent of survey required so as to reduce costs and limit potential time delays for all parties concerned.

Our team has all the necessary skills, experience and licences to complete any ecological survey to satisfy planning requirements and conditions.

To view our calender of ecological survey timings please click here.

Licensing & Mitigation Schemes
Habitat Creation, Restoration & Management

Habitat creation and enhancement is now a regular requirement for an approved planning permission. It can improve designated sites and can contribute to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives.

We are able to provide a full suite of services ranging from the sourcing and installation of wildlife boxes, to the creation of new woodland, meadow, wetland and other habitats.

As our ecologists have a strong land management background they always ensure that new habitats are cost effective to create and maintain in the long term.

Biodiversity Net Gain

With biodiversity net gain due to become mandatory for all development projects, we can support you to understand the full implications and opportunities for your proposals.

Click here for further information on Biodiversity Net Gain and to download our guidance document.

Stakeholder Engagement

With our wider professional experience of land management, Lockhart Garratt enjoys excellent professional relationships with the key environmental stakeholders at both a local and national level.

On your behalf, we are able to use these trusted relationships to deliver positive and proactive engagement that can help to resolve potential issues before they have a negative impact on projects. We can use this extensive experience in facilitating and managing engagement strategies of projects from small local developments to nationally important urban extensions and new settlements.

Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

Lockhart Garratt are able to conduct a full EcIA which can stand alone as an ecological report or form part of a full Environmental Impact Assessment.

We develop these reports using thorough desk research, engaged consultation with stakeholders and site surveys as required to mitigate against operational, post-construction, and cumulative impacts from a development.

For further information please contact John Lockhart.

Ecology Projects

The following are an example of the Ecology projects we have completed for our clients.

Ecology Team

Get in touch with one of the Ecology team to discuss your needs.

    Samantha Hodgson

    Senior Ecological Consultant

    • BSc (Hons), GradCIEEM

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      Joanne Alderton

      Ecological Consultant and Head of Ecology

      • BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), PG Dip Law, ACIEEM

      Details +

        Kate Rooney

        Senior Ecological Consultant

        • BSc, MSc, ACIEEM

        Details +

          Natasha Hannah-Lyons

          Ecological Consultant

          • BSc (Hons)

          Details +

          • 1

          Rachel Jackson

          Assistant Ecological Consultant

          • BSc

          Details +

            Alison Saunders

            Assistant Ecological Consultant

            • BSc (Hons)

            Details +

              Elliot Williams

              Assistant Ecological Consultant

              • BSc (Hons)

              Details +

              • 1

              Marie Allcoat

              PA to Arboriculture & Ecology Teams / Credit Controller

                Samantha Hodgson

                Senior Ecological Consultant

                • BSc (Hons), GradCIEEM

                Details +

                  Joanne Alderton

                  Ecological Consultant and Head of Ecology

                  • BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), PG Dip Law, ACIEEM

                  Details +

                    Kate Rooney

                    Senior Ecological Consultant

                    • BSc, MSc, ACIEEM

                    Details +

                      Natasha Hannah-Lyons

                      Ecological Consultant

                      • BSc (Hons)

                      Details +

                      • 1

                      Rachel Jackson

                      Assistant Ecological Consultant

                      • BSc

                      Details +

                        Alison Saunders

                        Assistant Ecological Consultant

                        • BSc (Hons)

                        Details +

                          Elliot Williams

                          Assistant Ecological Consultant

                          • BSc (Hons)

                          Details +

                          • 1

                          Marie Allcoat

                          PA to Arboriculture & Ecology Teams / Credit Controller

                          Ecology News

                          The following are news and information items from the Ecology team.

                          Stronger Together – Nicholsons Lockhart Garratt

                          On Friday 21 January 2022 we were delighted to announce the coming together of Nicholsons and Lockhart Garratt.By combining two of the industry’s most experienced service providers in landscape design, forestry and environmental planning, we can now offer a unified...

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                          A Round Up of 2021

                          As we sit down to write this, we are once again facing the uncertainty that seems to have been the hallmark of this pandemic, with the threat of the Omicron variant potentially disrupting and constraining the opportunities for us all to reconnect with friends and...

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                          Meet the Team: Kate Rooney

                          Who Are You? I am Kate Rooney and I joined Lockhart Garratt as a Senior Ecological Consultant in July 2021, based in the Chipping Norton office.  I first picked up a bat detector in my teens for summer work with a local freelancer, and otherwise prior to starting with...

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