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Why choose Hampshire Ecological Services?


Proven excellence, value for money, honest and clear advice.
 
There are many hundreds of ecological consultancies operating today, including those trading on the fringes of the profession. As a result, clients are often faced with a bewildering choice of every imaginable ecological adviser ranging from sole-traders to multi-disciplinary companies.
 
When searching for a consultant you may have questions such as: “How do I know they are qualified? What is their experience of projects similar to mine? How can I be sure of a good service?”. We aim to help cut through the complexity by presenting the key attributes that should be considered when appointing any ecologist to undertake work for planning applications.

We are pleased to state the following:
 
1. We have membership of the appropriate professional bodies
 
Our senior staff are full members of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) as denoted by the MCIEEM suffix so you can be assured of professionalism and honesty throughout the discharge of our duties. 
 
2. We’re your local consultancy
 
We operate mostly in Hampshire and the neighbouring counties of Wiltshire, Dorset, Sussex and Surrey. Consequently, we have built up a specialist knowledge of the local ecology and are able to make contact with the relevant local planning authorities and organisations more efficiently. In addition, we can undertake survey work more rapidly and assess the implications of a scheme in relation to local authority requirements more realistically than many other consultants.
 
3. We have the skills
 
It is important to ensure that any ecological consultant is qualified and experienced in those fields that require survey. For example, some consultants may claim expertise in bat ecology but have little experience of reptile or botanical surveying. We cover all protected species including bats, dormice, great crested newts and badgers as well as vegetation and habitat assessment. When the project requires multi-species survey skills, we seamlessly manage and integrate these elements into your project delivering perfect results every time. In addition, all of our ecologists have received training in project management ensuring smooth and consistent delivery of all projects.
 
4. We use ‘in house’ ecologists
 
Not all ecological consultants will have their own in-house ecological specialists and may contract ecologists as an alternative. This increases costs and may affect the quality of work if they are not carefully supervised. Freelance ecologists may not have the necessary support to complete time-critical projects during times of sickness or leave. Our dedicated staff specialise in a wide range of protected species and ecological issues so can respond rapidly and effectively to your project’s requirements.
 
5. We hold all the necessary licenses
 
We maintain current Natural England survey (and mitigation) licenses for European Protected Species (EPSs) including bats, dormice and great crested newts as well as other species not typically associated with development sites. Such licences are only granted to ecologists who have proven competence with the species concerned. You can therefore rest assured that we are completely licensed and qualified for all work we undertake, rather than employing consultancies who simply lack the necessary expertise or have to rely on unpredictable subcontractors.
 
Some common FAQ's and other useful information on protected species and licensing can be found on Natural England's website by clicking here.
 
6. We give clear fee proposals
 
We always aim to give written quotes that clearly state the work – and the full cost – that will be undertaken on your behalf. This total transparency prevents hidden costs from becoming an issue. We also hold a high level of Professional Indemnity Insurance for your protection and peace of mind. 
 
7. We’ve worked on a wide range of projects
 
Our extensive experience includes large and small-scale habitat surveys, protected species surveys and the development of mitigation strategies. Our ecologists have worked on:

  • Small builds, refurbishments, extensions and loft conversions (including renovations of listed buildings)
  • Large and small housing developments (including affordable housing schemes)
  • Road widening and bypass schemes
  • Pipelines
  • Wind farms and single-turbine projects

Our experience with engineering and architectural companies means we are aware of ecological constraints and how they can be mitigated through incorporating them into the design, also turning a potential constraint into a valuable selling point or feature.
 
We help you understand any recommendations and check with you that they are realistic, cost-effective and that you know exactly how to implement them.
 
8. Our philosophy

  • We tell you what you can do, rather than what you can’t.
  • We show how you can meet your objectives whilst giving proper regard to planning policy and wildlife legislation.

We are a client-focused business, offering cost-effective advice without recourse to unnecessary work. A professional, proactive and personal approach is at the core of our company values.
 
We recognise the financial constraints of our clients and we won’t waste your money. It’s easy to keep spending on ecology - we promise to only undertake the minimum work you need for exactly the scheme you want.
 
Our clients are the most important thing to us so we try and build strong relationships. We’ve built our business on honesty and integrity, ensuring that client relationships last years not months. We actively seek opportunities for both clients and ecology, often going far beyond the traditional methods of ecological consultancy.
 
We maintain regular contact with our clients through regular email and phone conversations. On larger projects, we carefully set budgets and monitor costs as the project progresses to ensure excellent value for money.
 
9.  Positive word of mouth
 
Our quality of work and high level of client satisfaction is second to none and is demonstrated by the fact that our majority of our clients (over 80%) are obtained from word of mouth referrals. This statistic alone sets us apart from our competitors. Rather than mass marketing, we prefer to spend our time more productively by resolving our clients’ real issues.
 
We receive extremely positive feedback from our delighted clients, whom often enlist our services repeatedly as and when they have an ecological issue. We're friendly, professional and always happy to provide a tailored no-obligation quote free of charge, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can help you.