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About Us

Absolute Ecology was established in 2008 by Mr. Matthew James Haydock as an ecological consultancy to advice both private and public sector bodies as a contractor or as a sub contractor.

Absolute Ecology ecologists have a wealth of expertise in protected and invasive species survey, Habitat Phase 1, Habitat Phase 1 Extended  related work. We are based in West Midlands, Staffordshire enabling us to work across the UK at highly competitive rates.

Our mission:

‘To provide ecological services to projects that contribute to sustainable development’

Based in Staffordshire Absolute Ecology operates primarily in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; with the use of local surveyors we can be competitive throughout the UK.

Absolute Ecology extensive experience means we regularly undertake full Ecological Impact Assessments – producing the ecology chapters, following the current guidelines as set out be the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), which are incorporated within a wider Environmental Statement (ES) as part of a planning submission.

The company, skill base covers a much broad spectrum of the ecology field. It is this range of experience across a variety of development types that sets Absolute Ecology apart from most ecological consultancies.

Absolute Ecology works to the highest professional standards of service; integrity is at the heart of what we do and steers the focus and strategy of the company. Our highly trained team follows CIEEM best practice guidance and possesses excellent communication skills utilized to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients. At Absolute Ecology we don’t just carry out Ecological Surveys but we also conduct Tree Surveys for Planning Applications / BS5837 Tree Surveys and Tree Surveys for Mortgages.

Natural England Low Impact Bat Class Licence: Absolute Ecology LLP

Natural England has launched a new class licence for low impact bat works. This new licencing process has been developed to streamline the bat licence process and to reduce delays and costs.

The new Low Impact Bat Licence will allow works on developments which will have a low impact on a small number of bats, while ensuring the works are undertaken within the law.

The range of innovative measures, designed to reduce both the volume of licence applications and the associated costs, marks a significant step by Natural England towards its goal of cutting red tape and creating a more efficient organisation.
Savings have been made chiefly via the introduction of an ‘annexed licence’* system for works affecting bats, great crested newts and dormice – which has reduced the number of applications and subsequent rejections and reapplications; and a new ‘class licence’ – which has reduced applications for individual mitigation licences for low impact works affecting bats.
This means Absolute Ecology is one of the few consultancies can issue Low Impact Bat Licences without further consultation with Natural England. As a result, projects will be able to proceed without the delay of the standard bat licence.

Special Points of Interest

  • Carry out any surveys required as early in the planning process as possible to save time and delays and money.
  • November to April Season is badger surveys
  • March to June is Great Crested Newt survey season and scoping assessments can be all year round.
  • Bat activity Survey season May to September/October.
  • Bat hibernation and general scoping assessments is November to March/April

Don’t forget Phase 1 Habitat Surveys can be all year round.

For more information, contact us today on 01782 444292 or 07947 783448