Ecological Services

Brindley’s Ecology team provides a complete ecological consultancy service.

Our team is fully supported by our in-house GIS capabilities and is able to deliver robust and practical ecological advice relevant to industry  requirements.  We supply tailor-made solutions and ecological support regardless of project size or complexity. A majority of our team are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and other professional bodies.

As part of an integrated consultancy combined with a network of professional co-consultants, we are able provide efficient and cost-effective solutions, assisted by the extensive knowledge and strength of support of our internal Landscape, Masterplanning, Environmental and GIS & Visualisation departments.


Our ecologists work seamlessly with the other members of our design team to successfully integrate biodiversity net gain into all of our projects.

Our ecological services include;

Habitat Assessment

  • Phase 1 and extended phase 1 habitat surveys
  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA) using UKHab and JNCC methodologies
  • Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA)
  • Screening and scoping reports
  • Expert eye ecological walkover surveys
  • Information to inform a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)
  • Coordination of National Vegetation Classification (NVC) surveys
  • Noxious / invasive weed identification

Habitat Management

  • Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) services
  • Management planning and habitat creation
  • Biodiversity Net Gain calculations
  • Biodiversity Enhancement Plans
  • Biodiversity & environmental management

Legislation and Regulation Advice

  • EU and UK legislation advice, including with reference to NPF4 and BNG
  • Verification of compliance with BREEAM criteria
  • Assessments for projects likely to affect designated areas of protection

Protected Species

  • National and European Protected Species (EPS) surveys, including:
    • Bats
    • Badgers
    • Otters
    • Water Vole
    • Red Squirrel
    • Pine Martin
    • Scottish Wildcat
    • Great Crested Newt
    • Reptiles
    • Nesting and Breeding Birds
  • Species mitigation strategies and method statements
  • Protected species licensing