Clarkson & Woods

Award Winning Ecological Consultancy
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Our team of expert ecologists provide a full range of ecological survey and consultancy services in respect to planning and land management. Working across a broad range of sectors including private homeowners, local authorities and housing developers we ensure compliance to wildlife legislation while remaining client-focused, solutions oriented and innovative.

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Award Winning Consultancy

We are proud winners of CIEEM’s ‘Best Medium Consultancy of the Year 2019’. CIEEM is the leading body representing ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad. We are delighted that our team’s hard work and dedication has been recognised in this way. We were nominated for the same award in 2023 and were commended.

Our Services

Our expert team of ecologists will work with you to understand your plans, however large or small. They will formulate an approach that best suits your needs and ensures compliance with environmental and wildlife regulations. There are significant benefits in us getting involved early on in the process to allow for the most effective and economical solution.


The UK supports 17 species of bat, all of which are protected under legislation which relates to the animals themselves as well as their roost sites

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Badgers are social creatures living in family groups in underground structures called setts. Badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act.

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Newts & Reptiles

There are six native species of common reptile in the UK; the grass snake, slow-worm, adder, common lizard, smooth snake and sand lizard. All receive strict legal protection

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The dormouse, one of the UK’s most charismatic species, has suffered from significant decline over the past 50 years due to loss of habitat. They are protected under UK legislation

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All wild birds in the UK, including their eggs and nests, are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

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Ecological Site Works

Our team of expert ecologists have the skills and in-depth knowledge to carry out the full range of ecological site works including badger sett construction and tree climbing

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Habitat Creation

Working to maximise the biodiversity value of new and existing habitats. Advising on how to avoid issues or manage constraints associated with protected species

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Research & Guidance

We are passionate about our ongoing contribution to standards and best practice in our field and are proud to help drive innovation and excellency in our industry

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We are pioneers in solar monitoring and have developed a standard protocol for monitoring solar sites called Solarview. We use this alongside walk-over surveys and bespoke species surveys when required. Read more here about our findings and methodology.
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Meet the Team – Adèle

How long have you worked at Clarkson & Woods? Originally from Nancy, Lorraine in the north-eastern part of France I first joined Clarkson and Woods back in 2018 working as an intern as part of my end-of-studies internship. This was part of my masters degree where I was studying general agronomy and environmental sciences at…


Meet the Team – Andy

How long have you worked at Clarkson & Woods? I came to Clarkson & Woods just over 18 months ago as a Senior Ecologist, but this is rather misleading because I also worked here many years ago between 2012 and 2017. I re-joined the company last year because my experience was so positive. I was…


New Solar Habitat Report

We know that solar farms that are well designed and managed with a focus on wildlife have the potential have a positive effect on biodiversity, however, there has been limited research into this area. In 2022 Solar Energy UK in conjunction with Clarkson and Woods, Lancaster University and Wychwood Biodiversity published a standardised methodology for…