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From Preliminary Ecological Appraisal/Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey for planning applications, to Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA), Appropriate Assessment, and bespoke services to assist your strategic planning, we can help you on all aspects of wildlife conservation and mitigation. Our rates are competitive, our recommendations pragmatic, and our pricing honest.

Our expertise includes:

  • Reptiles
  • Great crested newt/amphibians
  • Bats, hazel dormouse, badger, otter, water vole
  • Schedule 1/Annex I and other birds
  • Freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates
  • NVC botanical survey, higher and lower plant surveys, heathland, coastal dunes, grassland, woodland, wetlands and other habitats.

Our services include:

  • Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey/PEA
  • Habitat creation, restoration and management
  • Survey, monitoring, surveillance of rare and protected species
  • Appropriate Assessment (AA), Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)/Appraisal of Natura sites
  • Mitigation and compensation of development impacts
  • Assessment and control/eradication of invasive species
  • Tree safety assessment
  • BS5837:2012 tree surveys for planning, Tree Constraints Plans, Arboricultural Impact Assessment, Arboricultural Method Statements
  • Hedgerow Regulations surveys, important hedgerow assessments
  • Biodiversity offsetting, BREEAM, HQM
  • Strategic ecological planning, conservation management plans, research programmes, training and education.

Our diverse team of consultant ecologists provide a wide range of expertise, and long experience. Among them are nationally-recognised experts in a range of disciplines.

Wildlife and habitat surveys

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Our skilled team has expertise covering all animal and plant biodiversity interests. We perform specialist surveys of rare, protected and threatened species, under appropriate EPS or WCA licences where relevant, and general wildlife surveys.


Mitigation and habitat work

P1010651 brickworth mitigation pond constructionWhere planned activities are likely to negatively affect wildlife interests, we advise clients on the best course of action to avoid, minimise and mitigate any impacts. This is particularly important where legally-protected species and habitats are concerned. We also have a Habitat Management Team to create, restore and manage habitats.


Environmental archaeology

thumb P1010523 Emys carapace WrethamOur specialist expertise in the identification of amphibian and reptile skeletal remains is almost unique in the UK. We also have expertise in non-marine Mollusca and other taxonomic groups.

We have worked on hundreds of assemblages across Europe and in North Africa. Clients include Oxford University.



Development planning and licensing

Tc P1020026 crouch GCN male tailMuch of our work is assisting clients to take their projects through development planning, and ensuring that their legal obligations are met in relation to wildlife. Often developers are unaware of the wildlife issues affecting their projects until rather late, and they are unfamiliar with the strict protection afforded to some threatened species.


Training, education, advocacy

Ca juv04 - CopyWe have an enviable record for training and education delivery in the public, private and third sectors; as well as pedagogical experience in higher education. Our clients have included ecological consultancies, national NGOs, and volunteer groups. Our staff have designed and led national and county-based training schemes.


Data management and GIS

plumley monitoring 2011 La vs all reptilesWe offer habitat and wildlife mapping services, as well as data management, analysis and presentation. We use geographic information systems (GIS) for all our projects.

Geographic information is crucial for understanding the impacts of a development or other planned activity on the surrounding environment.


"We applied to build a barn to be sited on an arable field.  The council asked for a biodiversity appraisal, and placed a short deadline for receipt. We engaged Dr Chris Gleed-Owen who made a site visit within days, and delivered a fully researched report with plans, species list and recommendation a few days later, within the required timescale.  We have therefore avoided the need for extensions and delays.  Thank you Chris.

Susan Ross, Frankham Farm, Ryme Intrinseca


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CGO Ecology Limited is a private company limited by shares, registered in England and Wales (company number 06532052). 

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