Terrestrial Ecology

Environmental survey and assessment

Bioacoustics

Analysis of biological sounds

Remote Sensing

Comprehensive remote sensing service

New service

Our new remote sensing service has launched

Remote sensing, which includes aerial photography, photogrammetry and LiDAR surveys, is an increasing useful tool for ecologists, archaeologists, land managers and the agricultural sector. We now offer a comprehensive remote sensing data capture and data analysis service.  

Together, our in-house GIS and ecological survey experts, bioacousticians and Chief UAV Engineer and Pilot have developed an entirely new approach to gathering marine mammal and sea bird data, combining conventional boat based surveys (e.g. Marine Mammal Observer surveys and JNCC European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS) bird surveys) with innovative UAV-gathered high definition aerial photography and bioacoustic surveys of cetaceans and seabirds.

About Baker Consultants

Our expert team of highly skilled ecology consultants has a reputation for innovation. Through our meticulous understanding of legislation and use of science to challenge perceived wisdom, we provide cost-effective methods of collecting rigorous data.

We provide:

  • robust ecological survey data
  • sound and defensible data interpretation
  • full representation throughout a project’s life
  • a commitment to navigate challenges together to ensure success
  • an appreciation and understanding of client priorities
  • positive outcomes alongside minimised costs.

Across a range of sectors:

Latest case study

Ecology integrated into planning on complex residential development

We were awarded contracts with both CEG and Redrow for the Hele Park development in Devon. Our early involvement in assessing and designing ecology aspects into the project contributed to this particularly complex scheme receiving planning permission with very few conditions for its size.

Our baseline ecology surveys and Landscape and Ecology Management Plan helped reduce the ecological impact of the development and integrate it into the wider landscape setting. Following our advice, important ecological features were retained and new habitat created as part of a robust green infrastructure. Bats, dormice, birds and amphibians will all benefit from early ecological input into the development.

What we’re saying…

Barn Owl Population Decline

From once being the most common species of owl in the UK, barn…
Ecologist Steve Docker surveying birds by Ecologist Martin Ledger

Breeding birds in the UK

The numbers of breeding bird species in the UK vary year on year,…
CIEEM Awards 2018 logo

CIEEM Awards 2018 Innovation Finalists

Each year, the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental…

‘People Over Wind’ Ruling Blows A Hole In The Habitats Regulations

Update:16/05/2018 On April 13th the Court of Justice of the…

Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW)

From supervising the licensed removal of roofing material at…
Great Crested Newts (like this one picture) are European Protected Species. Image by Senior Ecologist, Matt Cook

Great Crested Newt Environmental DNA (eDNA) Survey

Environmental DNA (eDNA) testing is a recognised survey technique…

Herpetofauna Workers Meeting

Our Technical Director, Carlos Abrahams, was invited to present…

Is your ecological consultant using the right tools for the job?

A significant proportion of our work could be described as ‘rescue’…
Andrew Baker, Managing Director

Adastral Park receives unanimous support at planning committee

We are very proud to be part of the team that helped secure a…

Ecotoxicology

Baker Consultants Marine Limited used toxicity tests combined…
Andrew Baker, Managing Director

Wildlife Law Course 8-10 November 2017

Andrew Baker will be tutoring on the Wildlife Law Course 8th-10th…

“Baker Consultants’ comprehensive understanding of ecology regulations was integral to outline planning consent being secured for Hele Park. We were particularly impressed with their innovative survey methods and the quality of their Ecological Impact Assessment.” Read the Hele Park case study here.

Jon AllenDevelopment Project Manager & Acquisitions South Commercial Estates Group

“Baker Consultants provided a professional service that contributed to the success of this scheme. Their technical and ecological expertise gave us confidence that the development would meet all legal ecological requirements.” Read the Hele Park case study here.

Reuben CookeTechnical Manager Redrow

“Andrew was extremely thorough and thoughtful in preparing his evidence for the inquiry, in anticipating the possibly contentious and difficult areas. He gave his evidence in a very clear and confident manner and dealt well with points raised in cross-examination.”

Stephen Tromans QCJoint Head of Chambers Thirty Nine Essex Street

“The innovative use of technology in a challenging survey situation saved the project a significant amount in network delay charges. Baker Consultants’ methodology has been cited in the Network Rail best practice guidelines for good reason.” Read the case study here.

Marcus GrundyEnvironment Section Head Tata Steel Projects

“The use of this technique has saved us a significant sum of money which could be replicated at many sites. Baker Consultants’ experience of remote survey and negotiation with the regulatory authorities got a speedy result allowing us to get on site faster and complete the works.”

Richard SeabrookEnvironmental and Ecological Consultant Tata Steel Projects

“Over the last ten years, CEG has worked with Andrew and his team secure in the knowledge that we will always get a pragmatic and detailed approach to the task. The team at Baker Consultants has shown significant skill in negotiating on points of science with important stakeholders.”

Charles JohnsonProject Development Manager CEG, Saighton Camp Development

“With its in-house expertise on the SM2 recording platform and signal processing, Baker Consultants’ marine team provided valuable support for us on this project. The data we collect from this site will help inform how to plan for and mitigate future developments in this important marine environment.”

Paul ThompsonDirector University of Aberdeen, Lighthouse Field Station

“Baker Consultants has been undertaking regular bird surveys for approximately five years across a wide area of ABP owned land in Hull in order to provide baseline data information for Environmental Impact Assessments and to allow for the preparation of annual monitoring reports.  We have developed an excellent working relationship with the team, who are left to undertake the bird surveys independently but inform us quickly of anything substantial or notifiable.” Read the case study here.

Laura MorrishProjects Manager, HumberAssociated British Ports

“Baker Consultants’ approach to the project kept it to time and budget whilst ensuring that our legal obligations regarding protected species were met to the letter, vital for anyone and certainly for a local authority project.

Well done to all involved in the project, the bats have probably been here since the building first existed so hopefully they will now have a roost for the next hundred years.” Read the case study here.

Charles HeaneyProject Manager - Derbyshire County Council

I couldn’t recommend the services of Baker Consultants enough.

Having  appointed their expertise on a  couple of projects now, I have been impressed by their professional, knowledgeable and valuable advice, as well as their innovative & methodological approach to the demands and needs of our ecological projects in the Dearne Valley. The team have paid attention to our organisations needs and those of the wider area/sites throughout . They are reliant and consistent in their approach and project management.

Roseanna BurtonLandscape Partnership Community Officer - DVLP

Andrew Baker is a very experienced and effective ecological consultant. He is extremely knowledgeable not only in relation to the technical and scientific aspects of his work, but also in relation to the policy and legal framework in which he operates. This enables him to provide ecological advice which is accurate and pragmatic. Most importantly he does not “sit on the fence” and is a very effective witness / advocate, making his points effectively and convincingly, giving any self-respecting QC a serious run for their money! I regularly recommend him and his consultancy to my clients needing ecological advice or support on complex planning or environmental problems.

Penny SimpsonPartner, Planning and Environment Group - Freeths LLP

I have worked with Andrew as a consultant to our development business for over 15 years.

We can rely on his commercial awareness and innovative approach to working with us to get planning permission. CEG sometimes acquires more challenging sites and we ask a lot of our consultants. We always prefer to engage Andrew early on in the planning process in order to complete the Ecological screening and provide input into the master plan before the planning authorities are even approached. Where sites have become subject to objections at the planning stage Andrew has often stepped up to advise us on how best to manage communications with local wildlife interest groups and he is especially adept at negotiating with regulatory bodies and removing objections before sites get to public inquiry. He is never complacent, will scrutinise our case from every angle, will challenge perceived opinions when necessary and get the best outcome for our business. Robust and reliable, but innovative in approach I would recommend Andrew and his team to anyone.

Jon KennyDevelopment Director - CEG

Some of the people we’ve worked with…