Ecologist Services

Consultation & Support

Ashgrove Ecology was founded in 2015 to provide a more flexible and pragmatic approach to ecology consultancy.

Our staff bring to the company a huge range of experience in the energy, infrastructure and residential sectors. We see our future in supporting new housing development and infrastructure projects, as well as designing new wildlife friendly green spaces though our involvement in urban regeneration projects.

Ashgrove Ecology are a group of dedicated professionals with over ten years of experience providing advice on planning applications to public and private sector clients. From our Bristol base, we have supported a diverse range of schemes throughout the UK, from single dwellings to large, multi-phased urban regeneration projects.

Our ecologists are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecological and Environmental Management. Ashgrove Ecology staff are experienced field surveyors who are able to provide pragmatic solutions to the constraints posed by ecological issues and present them in clear, concise reports.

Contact us to discuss your requirements for Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, surveys for protected species (bat surveys, bird surveys, great crested newt surveys, reptile surveys and badger surveys); Ecology Impact Assessments, or any other ecology needs you may have.


It is very refreshing to see such a clear, pragmatic and concise report, which clearly sets out what the LPA and your client needs to do to comply with policy and legislation. Makes my job so much easier.

Matt Dodds, Planning and Biodiversity Manager


Ashgrove Ecology have always responded quickly and positively

Stanley Haines Partner, Haines Phillips

Latest Features

Expert advice and in-depth features

Biodiversity Net Gain

Biodiversity net gain will soon be a mandatory element for the planning and development industry. Whilst the national planning policy frameworks already encourage no net loss of biodiversity,

Great Crested Newt Surveys

Great crested newts come out of hibernation in the early spring. Already we have seen great crested newts heading off to their breeding ponds. We undertake surveys of

A Brief Guide to Bats and Loft Conversions

We are often asked what bat surveys are needed for loft conversions and extensions to houses, so here is a simple guide. Bats can roost in houses, typically

Great Crested Newt Surveys

Spring is just around the corner and Ashgrove Ecology is gearing up for another busy field survey season. Great crested newt surveys start next month and normally require

Can Our Gardens Save Hedgehogs?

In rural areas, hedgehogs are associated with woodland edges, hedgerows and rough pasture, but they are equally happy in towns where they make use of gardens and other

Should We Build on the Green Belt?

The green belt is a planning policy to reduce urban sprawl, encourage the regeneration of brown field sites and help to safeguard the countryside. The green belt is


Jenny Massingham Associate Planner, Barton Willmore LLP

“Ashgrove Ecology are professional and knowledgeable in their field. Projects are always delivered on time and to the agreed scope. Ashgrove Ecology also take the time to advise on issues that may arise therefore making a project run smoothly and efficiently whilst also reducing risks. They have very good problem solving, negotiation and communication skills.”