Utilities & Renewable Energy

Utilities & Renewable Energy

Our experience includes large and small scale wind energy projects across the UK

Wind energy has an important part to play in the future of the UK economy. The siting of wind turbines can potentially impact upon sensitive landscapes, habitats and local wildlife – but that doesn’t have to be the case. With good planning and design there is scope to minimise the impact on wildlife and habitats.

The Ecology Consultancy can help you achieve this by providing discrete, robust surveys to support your planning application. We are experienced in helping clients to develop appropriate mitigation strategies where biodiversity has been shown to be a potential constraint and this has led to successful planning outcomes for both large and small scale projects.

We have worked both as sub-contractors to other consultancies and directly for wind energy companies across the UK in areas including Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Northants, Sussex and Scotland.

Our team of experienced in-house ecologists are qualified to undertake the full range of ecological surveys that you need for wind farm proposals.

We specialise in everything, from bats and birds, to invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, and we provide collision-risk modelling where appropriate.

We have several Natural England bat licence holders, and we also hold licences for other protected species including great crested newts, dormice and white-clawed crayfish.

Our survey work follows the latest industry best practice guidelines to ensure that data is robust and able to withstand scrutiny. We pride ourselves on keeping abreast of the latest research into wind farms and their potential effects on wildlife, particularly in relation to vulnerable species groups such as birds and bats, as well as advances in survey techniques and technology.

DP World commissioned The Ecology Consultancy to carry out a preliminary arboricultural survey of trees within the area of... read more

Specialist bird survey techniques, including Collision Risk Modelling, were carried out ahead of wind energy development read more

Ecologists from our East Anglia office worked on a 10MW wind energy development in Essex for one of our... read more

Ahead of planning permission, the offshore wind farm proposal required the full suite of habitat and protected species surveys. read more

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