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.

Private & Domestic

Research & Charities


Housing & Commercial



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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Open Farm Sunday

Open Farm Sunday is a charity managed by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming). It is a unique opportunity for anyone to gain an insight into farming life and to learn about the wonderful work our farmers do. The event takes place on one Sunday every year with over 1600 farmers taking part since it began…


Meet the team – Polly

How long have you worked at Clarkson & Woods? I started at Clarkson & Woods in 2010 as an assistant ecologist when we were Michael Woods Associates. Since this time, I have seen the company change from our original team of 4 into the passionate, friendly, and knowledgeable team of 25 we now are today.…


Wintering bird training

We regularly run in house training sessions to share knowledge between the team. Today was the turn of one of our resident bird experts Mike, to teach us all about surveying wintering birds, particularly farmland species. He had tips for identifying species of conservation concern and differentiating these from more common species that they can easily be…