Ecology & Biodiversity Net Gain

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.

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.

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.

Contact the Team

Ecology & Biodiversity Net Gain
Marie Allcoat
PA to Arboriculture & Ecology Teams
01536 408840

Our capabilities

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Habitat & Protected Species Surveys

Our team has all the necessary skills, experience and licences to complete a range of ecological surveys to satisfy planning requirements and conditions.

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Habitat Creation, Restoration & Management

Habitat creation and enhancement is now routinely required under local and national planning policy, and the shift towards mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain.

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Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

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

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Biodiversity Net Gain

Biodiversity Net Gain is due to become mandatory for all development projects from Autumn 2023, however the principle of no net less is already a requirement under most the National Planning Policy Framework.

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Stakeholder Engagement

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

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Ecological Mitigation Operations

Working both in-house and with a network of trusted sub-contractors, Nicholsons’ ecologists are able to licence and manage most ecological constraints on-site through the construction phase.

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How can our ecology team help?

Our expert ecology team offer a wide range of services and would be happy to discuss how they can best support you. Start your process by filling out the form below, or give us a call on 01869 340342

Our team may try to contact you by email. If you have not received anything within 2 working days, please check your junk mail folder.

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Approved contractors of the Safe-contractor scheme, Nicholsons are also accredited with CHAS and Arboricultural Association. The Company recently won an award as Cherwell Established Business of the Year 2019, as well as Oxfordshire Large Business of the Year awards 2019.

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