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Snow leopard sitting down Low angle shot of tree trunks

Ecology and biodiversity

Ecological systems, clearly fundamental to the natural environment, are increasingly recognised for their social, health and economic benefits, but remain under threat from human activities.

Our ecology and biodiversity experts are experienced in creating spaces where the bio-diversity of plants, animals and people can thrive.

Red eyed tree frog
Red eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas)
Red eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) Mott MacDonald works in some of the most complex environmental systems on the planet, studying their diversity, sensitivity and vulnerability to the pressures of development

We recognise the need to incorporate an understanding of ecological systems in our services, and so we maintain a full range of ecology and biodiversity expertise.

We have sound practical experience in balancing ecology and development needs to deliver projects in the UK and other countries. Our services provide support from concept design to post-project monitoring and evaluation and are typically delivered as part of an integrated multidisciplinary environmental, planning and design team.

We offer ecological services to public and private sector clients for a wide range of developments. We deliver projects that integrate issues such as ecology, landscape, stakeholder aspirations and planning guidance. We work in a pragmatic way to deliver the best solution for a particular situation, advising on the requirements of current legislation and setting out approaches to facilitate project progress.

Our experts

As well as terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecologists, we employ specialist biologists, ornithologists, experts in particular species and environmental scientists. Their experience includes:

  • Biodiversity action plans
  • Ecological field surveys (as part of EIAs or for due diligence assessment)
  • Ecological management plans for both construction works and operation
  • Ecological mitigation
  • Habitat creation
  • Phase 1 Habitat Survey
  • Protected species surveys
  • Translocation of protected species

Many jurisdictions require personnel who survey for, handle and translocate protected species to be licensed; in these instances we prefer to employ our own licensed staff – many of our staff add to their species licenses as part of CP.

Our track record

We work for a wide range of clients and projects in the UK and around the world.

  • As part of the Sheffield Building Schools for the Future programme we surveyed 14 schools, and produced an ecological and landscaping design for each school which enabled the client to obtain a full complement of BREEAM credits in ecology and landscape.
  • We've carried out a study of the biodiversity of the major oilfields areas of Iraq, to help our client Shell with environmental management in the country.
  • As part of an environmental impact assessment for the proposed new Stoke road bridge over a rail line in Kent, UK. We undertook Stage 1 and Stage 2 Habitats Regulations Assessment for evaluating the likely impacts on two key European designated ecological sites immediately adjacent.
  • On behalf of WWF we've supported a programme for the conservation of the Snow Leopard in Mongolia,whose habitat is under threat from development.
  • We helped the port of Ngqura, South Africa, to develop a pesticide-free pest control system based on the use of local raptors.
  • At Bramford Substation, UK, we pioneered the use of infra-red motion cameras to monitor badger setts. Inactive setts could be removed without a licence (following consultation with Natural England). Removing the need for a costly license application represented a cost saving to the client.
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