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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.

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Ecology Team

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

    Joanne Alderton

    Ecological Consultant and Head of Ecology

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

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      Samantha Hodgson

      Senior Ecological Consultant

      • BSc (Hons), GradCIEEM

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        Kate Rooney

        Senior Ecological Consultant

        • BSc, MSc, ACIEEM

        Details +

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        Rachel Jackson

        Assistant Ecological Consultant

        • BSc

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          Natasha Hannah-Lyons

          Ecological Consultant

          • BSc (Hons)

          Details +

            Elliot Williams

            Assistant Ecological Consultant

            • BSc (Hons)

            Details +

              Alison Saunders

              Assistant Ecological Consultant

              • BSc (Hons)

              Details +

              • 1

              Marie Allcoat

              PA to Arboriculture & Ecology Teams / Credit Controller

                Joanne Alderton

                Ecological Consultant and Head of Ecology

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

                Details +

                  Samantha Hodgson

                  Senior Ecological Consultant

                  • BSc (Hons), GradCIEEM

                  Details +

                    Kate Rooney

                    Senior Ecological Consultant

                    • BSc, MSc, ACIEEM

                    Details +

                    • 1

                    Rachel Jackson

                    Assistant Ecological Consultant

                    • BSc

                    Details +

                      Natasha Hannah-Lyons

                      Ecological Consultant

                      • BSc (Hons)

                      Details +

                        Elliot Williams

                        Assistant Ecological Consultant

                        • BSc (Hons)

                        Details +

                          Alison Saunders

                          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.

                          Making Sense of Great Crested Newts

                          As an endangered species endemic to the British Isles, with concentrated pockets throughout England, Great Crested Newts (GCN) have long been a complicated consideration for developers across the UK. Under the present legislation all proposed developments on or near...

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                          Congratulations to Sammy!

                          We are pleased to announce that Sammy has been promoted to Assistant Consultant. Since joining the company in 2014,  Sammy has worked through the Graduate Training Programme which she has now successfully completed receiving a promotion to Assistant Consultant. During...

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