Baker Consultants is responding to the Coronavirus pandemic and ensuring that our work is resilient to the changing situation and minimises risks to our staff and clients. Our team has always used remote/home working for desk-based tasks, and any fieldwork will continue through the spring and summer, but only in accordance with the official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. We are confident that we will be able to maintain our regular high level of service across all our projects, although we may have some constraints placed on our work as the situation and guidance develops. Please contact us as necessary to discuss any potential implications for your scheme. We will remain contactable by mobile phone and email, and are able to attend meetings by conference and video call.

Ecology services

Environmental survey and assessment


Analysis of biological sounds

Remote Sensing

Comprehensive remote sensing service

Remote sensing service

Baker Consultants provides high-resolution aerial video and photography data capture and analysis, with in-house qualified pilots.

This time-efficient and affordable survey technique collects high quality images which can be analysed to produce GIS maps and/or 3D models.

The flexibility of this survey approach provides clients with data for applications such as engineering, renewable energy, residential and mixed-use development projects.

Ecological applications include supporting Phase 1 Habitat surveys, invasive species surveys, habitat monitoring and bat roost inspections.

What we do

Our 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 that will support your planning application from scoping and design through to public inquiry and post-construction monitoring.

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

Bramshill House Residential Development Secured Within 400 Metres Of Special Protection Area

Baker Consultants, experts in Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), has achieved a landmark decision when the inspector at the inquiry into the redevelopment of Bramshill House, Hampshire, granted permission for conversion to unrestricted residential use.

Residential development secured within 400m of Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area through careful negotiation with regulator.

What we’re saying…

Baker Consultants’ Technical Director Carlos Abrahams led a webinar for the Institute of Acoustics on the subject of ‘Using Bioacoustics For Field Survey’.
Baker Consultants’ has been appointed as an Ecology Consultancy to Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) covering areas of Central & Southern Scotland, Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire.
Baker Consultants’ Technical Director Carlos Abrahams is leading another webinar later this month on ‘Using Bioacoustics For Field Survey’ for the Institute of Acoustics.
Baker Consultant ecologists develop a methodology for the identification of two distinct song types for male European Nightjars.
Join this Online Training Webinar: Automated Recording Of Bird Assemblages, 2 July led by Carlos Abrahams
The St Osyth Priory Development Offers First Dwellings For Sale. Baker Consultants helped City & Country through a public inquiry.
Innovation in Bird Bioacoustics saves manpower and cuts costs for surveying target species
Baker Consultants have been shortlisted for two prestigious national CIEEM awards

On Twitter

“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…