Terrestrial Ecology

Environmental survey and assessment


Analysis of biological sounds

Marine Services

Underwater noise and marine mammals

Latest contract win

Baker Consultants wins monitoring contract for Wikinger offshore wind farm

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Location of Wikinger offshore wind farm. Map by 4C Offshore

We have won a contract with Iberdrola to provide an underwater noise and marine mammal activity monitoring service during the construction phase of the Wikinger offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. Construction of the 70-turbine, 350MW Wikinger offshore wind farm will begin in March 2016.

Baker Consultants

Pragmatism and commercial awareness backed by sound science

We are a team of highly skilled ecology consultants, including recognised experts in our fields. We have a reputation for innovation and, where science justifies it, are not afraid to challenge perceived wisdoms. Through funding research and adopting new technologies, we frequently provide clients with more cost-effective methods of collecting rigorous data.

We deliver to our clients:

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

We work with varied clients across a wide range of sectors, including housing, infrastructure, road and rail, leisure, waste, commercial development and renewable energy. Our marine team has expertise in offshore wind, dredging, ports and harbour developments.

Explore our website to discover more about our services and what we can bring to your project or contact us today for an initial discussion.

Latest event

Andrew Baker to speak on the legal position of European Protected Species

The presence of European Protected Species such as bats, great crested newts and dormice can be a considerable problem for developers seeking planning permission and may be used as a reason for planning refusal.

Hear Andrew Baker speak about the legal position of European Protected Species (EPS) at a Planning and Design Group breakfast seminar on 17th March.

What we’re saying…

Innovation in Bird Bioacoustics saves manpower and cuts costs for surveying target species

Baker Consultants' Innovation In Bird Bioacoustics Saves Manpower & Cuts Costs For Surveying Target Species

Earlier in the year Baker Consultants published a paper in the Elsevier Ecological Indicators journal on “Combining bioacoustics and occupancy modelling for improved monitoring of rare breeding bird populations”. This innovative piece…
Baker Consultants have been shortlisted for two prestigious national CIEEM awards

Baker Consultants Shortlisted for Two CIEEM Awards

At Baker Consultants, we are delighted to have been shortlisted for two prestigious national CIEEM Awards– we are the only ecology consultancy in The Midlands to reach the final stages for the Small Consultancy of the Year award. Although…
Baker Consultants’ Technical Director Carlos Abrahams is leading a webinar on the use of bioacoustics for field survey in association with the UK Acoustics Network on 13 May from 2pm.

Online Training Webinar: Bioacoustics for Field Survey, 13 May

Baker Consultants’ Technical Director Carlos Abrahams is leading a webinar in association with the Institute of Acoustics and UK Acoustics Network on 13 May from 2pm.  The session will take delegates through the use of bioacoustics for field…
We are happy to welcome to the team two new Assistant Ecologists, Isabel Commerford and Jed Weaver, who will be helping us in the 2020 summer season.

Baker Consultants Welcomes On Board Two New Assistant Ecologists

At Baker Consultants we maintain very close contacts with a number of Universities, teaching on under graduate courses and keeping up to date and contributing to the latest research. These academic links also mean that we can offer opportunities…

Birdsong Identification Training for UK Acoustics Network

Carlos Abrahams has recently provided training in birdsong identification for the UK Acoustics Network.  The workshop demonstrated how the bird population change with the seasons, and for identifying unseen birds by their acoustic signature…

Combining bioacoustics and occupancy modelling for improved monitoring of rare breeding bird populations

Our Technical Director, Carlos Abrahams, has just had another paper published on bird bioacoustics research, following previous studies on capercaillie in Scotland. This new publication was developed from a ground-breaking project undertaken…

Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain - Is it a game changer for biodiversity, house building and land prices?

As the Environment Bill progresses through its early stages in Parliament, Defra has published its economic impact assessment of the biodiversity net gain as set out in Part 6 of the bill. The Bill sets out the government’s approach to…
Implications for nature of the UK leaving the EU

Brexit and the effect on Wildlife Law

The political events of the last few weeks have put into sharp focus the potential for the current government to take us out of the European Union without a deal. This has prompted a number of my clients to ask me what would be the impact of…

What people say about us…

“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.”

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.”

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.”

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 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

“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 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 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.”

Laura MorrishProjects Manager, HumberAssociated British Ports

Some of the people we’ve worked with…