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.

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“Ashgrove Ecology have always responded quickly and positively”

Stanley Haines Partner, Haines Phillips

“Ashgrove brought together a team who were entirely professional. I found Rachel very responsive and ready to offer pragmatic advice which made a refreshing change in this complex planning process. Thank you.”

Private Householder, Clevedon

“Your service was both friendly and efficient. You responded promptly to all aspects of the project and went the extra mile to understand the council’s requirements and provided a comprehensive and understandable report.”

Andrew Baker

“Great service thank you. Really thorough, knowledgeable and very speedy.”

EJ Landscape Designs

“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

Latest Features

Expert advice and in-depth features


In accordance with the Government's latest advice to the construction industry in relation to Covid-19, we are still undertaking site surveys where it is necessary and safe to

Housing Minister Says Prioritise Brownfield Sites: Is This Really Eco-Friendly?

In her letter to Broxtowe Borough Council, Housing Minister Esther McVey asked them to build on brownfield sites rather than the green belt. The letter was put in

Ecology Enhancements

Achieving biodiversity net gain need not be expensive. This small area of wildflower meadow mix attracted a diverse range of butterflies and other invertebrates and is a great

Urban Bats

Bats are a material consideration in deciding planning applications. Even small urban sites can support a range of bats. We found this serotine foraging intensively on a small

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


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.”