Terrestrial Ecology

Environmental survey and assessment


Analysis of biological sounds

Marine Services

Underwater noise and marine mammals

Latest news

Majority of ecology professionals concerned about ‘Brexit’

According to a recent CIEEM survey, an overwhelming majority of ecology professionals are concerned about ‘Brexit’ (the UK potentially leaving the EU) having a detrimental impact on the ecology and environmental management sector as a profession.

We are among those concerned about the implications of a potential Brexit. We have published several pieces on why the EU is important for nature legislation and the negative implications of Brexit for the ecology and construction sectors and the environment.

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…

Offshore Field Worker Gabriel Fonseca Alegre

Marine Biologist joins us as Offshore Field Worker

One of the new Offshore Field Workers joining Baker Consultants…
Offshore Field Worker, Philip Booth, has recently joined Baker Consultants Marine

Former submariner joins Baker Consultants as Offshore Field Worker

During an eight-year career in the Royal Navy Submarine service,…
Housebuilding could suffer from skills shortages if the UK leaves the EU

Brexit to hit housebuilding through skills shortages

More key figures from the construction industry are adding their…
Planning appeal for housing and residential development won

Updated Ecological Impact Assessment guidelines

Ten years on from the previous edition, CIEEM (the Chartered…
Dolphins talk, but is it language? Photo by Anja Wittich, Marine Consultant

Dolphins talk, but is it language?

It is widely known that dolphins talk using a variety of noises,…
Typical UK woodland such as this is likely to be affected by ash-dieback

Ash-dieback to cause UK ash extinction?

A review of evidence published in the Journal of Ecology (as…
Great Crested Newt taken at Thorpe Park by Assistant Ecologist Katie Watson

Will Natural England's great crested newt consultation improve current situation?

As recently reported by BBC News and BBC Radio 4, Natural England’s…
Spectrogram showing pipistrelle bat call

Why we manually check automated classifiers' bat identifications

A recent academic paper on automated classifiers ('The use of…
Offshore Field Worker, Wanda Bodnar, in the laboratory

Paper co-authored by Wanda on burrowing behaviour is published

Research conducted by our Offshore Field Worker, Wanda Bodnar,…
Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind turbine foundation

Construction begins at Wikinger offshore wind farm

Last week saw the official launch of the construction of Iberdrola's…
Implications for nature of the UK leaving the EU

Ecology professionals’ survey reveals overwhelming majority concerned about Brexit

In response to the upcoming referendum on the UK’s membership…
Water vole by Diana Clark, Senior Ecologist

New water vole mitigation guidelines for development and construction

The Mammal Society has just published new water vole mitigation…

“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 Allen
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 Cooke
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 QC
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 Grundy
Marcus GrundyEnvironment Section Head Tata Steel Projects

“Baker Consultants Marine provided a professional and reliable service meeting the challenges posed by the Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind project, such as the extension of the scope and tight reporting schedule. The qualified team was extremely flexible and friendly, which helped with the smooth running of the project. Baker Consultants input was instrumental in obtaining sign-off from the German government linked to strict conditions on underwater noise emissions, for the installation of all the monopile foundations.” Read the case study here.

Pablo Rodríguez-Oitabén
Pablo Rodríguez-OitabénWorks Manager GeoSea

“Gaining timely approval for not only some, but all, of the offshore foundations was a breakthrough for the Borkum Riffgrund 1 project as a whole. One of the factors that contributed to this was Baker Consultants’ fast and efficient reporting and we look forward to working with them on other projects.” Read the case study here.

Søren Sørensen
Søren SørensenFoundations Project Manager DONG Energy

“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 Seabrook
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 Johnson
Charles JohnsonProject Development Manager CEG, Saighton Camp Development

“The range of WRG landholdings creates a challenging environment in terms of pre-planning activity. Baker Consultants has not only carried out all relevant surveys providing advice on timing, frequency and methodology, but has also delivered strategic consultancy on site appropriateness and entered into skilled negotiation with third parties on potentially contentious issues.”

Chris Ratcliffe
Chris RatcliffeSenior Planning and Estates Manager - Waste Recycling Group now FCC Environment

“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 Thompson
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 Morrish
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 Heaney
Charles HeaneyDerbyshire County Council project manager

Some of the people we’ve worked with…

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