Ecology Services

Professional Services

SWT Ecology Services

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SWT Ecology Services is an independent ecological consultancy owned by Surrey Wildlife Trust.

 

Our services
Protected species licensing
Ecological Impact Assessments and Habitat Regulations
Biodiversity Benchmarking auditing and application advice
BREEAM assessments
Preparation of Management Plans
Biodiversity offsets
Grant and management advice to landowners

 

Why choose us?

Our culture of open communication with our clients will ensure your projects are managed proactively to minimise any unforeseen constraints resulting in significant and expensive delays.

Given our extensive experience in managing projects in a complex regulatory and planning policy framework, we will provide you with pragmatic solutions to managing ecological constraints to ensure the optimal outcome for your development and the environment.

We will provide you with sound technical advice and will be happy to defend our robust findings at Public Inquiries.

By choosing SWT Ecology Services you will also be supporting the Surrey Wildlife Trust’s mission to protect and conserve wildlife across Surrey.

Enquiries

Email us at ecologyservices@surreywt.org.uk
Call us on 01483 795465

Case studies

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Reigate Heath is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSS) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). It is an important example of the lowland heath habitat, including heather and acid grassland. It is also an important archaeological site with some features still visible today. The aim of the project was to develop an up-to-date management plan to ensure there is a continuity and stability of approach to site management such that work can be effectively programmed and recorded.

SWT Ecology Services delivered the client brief, creating a 10 year management plan to maintain the current distribution of acid grassland, heathland and woodland and developing a work programme that could be inputted into a Conservation Management System software.

SWT Ecology Services also liaised with the various stakeholders to ensure their objectives and expectations were met. Where these were conflicting, SWT Ecology Services negotiated the best approach, whilst ensuring the sustainable management of Reigate Heath. 

Toyota GB

As part of Toyota GB’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment, SWT Ecology Services was commissioned to support the team in transforming their headquarters into Eco-Headquarters, by increasing biodiversity, engaging staff and the local community and creating a permanent educational resource. We completed baseline ecological surveys to understand what biodiversity was present, prepared a five year management plan and identified Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure ecological success and support Toyota GB in their goal of being awarded The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark.

The aim of the project was to ensure long-term benefits to local biodiversity and promote environmental education for staff, their families and the local community.

Our experienced ecologists supported Toyota GB during the design phase of the wildlife gardens and helped engage staff by leading practical conservation days and education sessions.  We completed our surveys in the appropriate season and produced technical reports.

Runnymede Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council is proposing Chertsey Meads to Natural England as a potential Suitable Accessible Natural Green Space (SANGS). The aim of the SANGS is to attract public use for dog walking and recreation away from ecologically sensitive sites, such as the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA). The aim of the project was therefore to undertake an assessment of Chertsey Meads, including Phase 1 habitat survey, and determine opportunities and constraints to create a SANGS.

SWT Ecology Services completed the access statement and constraints analysis of creating a SANGS at Chertsey Meads. The study also included assessing the site against the Natural England SANGS Site Checklist; and the management plan prepared by SWT Ecology Service in 2016. The site was found to be a suitable candidate and further recommendations were made with regards to the management to further enhance its suitability as a SANGS.

Runnymede Borough Council provided positive feedback on the assessment and put forward the recommendation to Natural England.

SWT Ecology Services’ pragmatic advice has been much appreciated and their recommendations not onerous for us to fulfil. This has been invaluable for us to deliver our portfolio of projects!
Peter Walsh, Senior Development Manager
McCarthy & Stone