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The eco-LOGICAL Solution for Individuals and Businesses


Five Valleys Ecology provide clear, pragmatic ecological advice grounded in current best practice to inform land use planning and nature conservation decision making. We understand the importance of development to communities and work as part of your team to inform the best possible solutions.

Reducing Risk

Contrary to popular belief ecologists are not there to prevent development or complicate the process. A good ecologist will reduce risk and inform the development process with impartial professional advice.

We use a high-tech Geographic Information System (GIS) survey and mapping workflow which enables more accurate identification of any ecological constraints that may exist on your site and the most effective way of addressing them.

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Adding Value

Retaining and enhancing the ecology as an integral part of a proposed development is not only necessary for legal and planning policy compliance; an ecologist's advice can significantly increase the value of a site and your business in a number of ways.

With appropriate marketing and sales messaging it can add real value to your development and support the allocation of ecology credits under BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) schemes. It can also be positive PR for your company and/or your clients, adding value to your business through improved green credentials.

'The service was excellent. We would have no hesitation of engaging Five Valleys Ecology again and would certainly recommend them to other potential clients'.

Judie Crisp, Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire

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More About Us

We have a proven track record of achieving favourable, cost-effective outcomes for our clients, whilst ensuring that legislative and policy requirements regarding ecological resources are fully met.

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We pride ourselves on personal service and delivery of the best value possible for our clients through our objective approach and high standard of work carried out at very competitive rates. We always ensure that you receive the very best advice within agreed timescales necessary for the success of your project, and keep you fully informed every step of the way.

Our team are highly skilled in client and stakeholder liaison, have a thorough knowledge of protected species legislation and relevant planning policy, together with very high standards of report writing. We are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), and fully comply with the Institute's Code of Professional Conduct and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). We also hold yellow Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards.

The main office base in Stroud, Gloucestershire is strategically well placed to service projects across a wide part of the UK, particularly locations in the South West, Wales, the Midlands and southern England. Northern England and the South East can also be accessed easily.

We are fully committed to ethical business practices and managing the impact of our business on the environment. Further details can be obtained by downloading a copy of our Ethical and Environmental Policy (pdf, 48 K).

'It has been a pleasure working with Five Valleys Ecology who have been forthcoming with excellent advice in a timely manner'.

Tom Stanley, Associate Director at Colliers International

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Survey Season Calendar

Download a copy of our latest Ecology Survey Calendar (pdf, 210 K) to help avoid costly delays to your projects due to missing ecology survey windows.

Start of the Great Crested Newt Survey Season

Surveys for great crested newts (GCNs) can be undertaken from mid-March to mid-June depending on weather conditions. Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) require survey information before planning applications are determined in accordance with Paragraphs 98 and 99 of 'ODPM Circular 06/2005 Biodiversity and Geological Conservation'. We recommend that clients consider the requirement for newt surveys now and plan ahead. Do not miss the narrow GCN survey window. Contact us now to book in surveys and for further advice.

Supreme Court Ruling on the 'Deliberate Disturbance' Offence

In the case of Morge vs Hampshire County Council [2011] UKSC 2 on appeal from: [2010] EWCA Civ 608 the Supreme Court has overruled the Court of Appeal and given a more cautious interpretation of the Article 12(1)(b) 'deliberate disturbance' offence. The Supreme Court believed that the Court of Appeal had set the threshold for 'deliberate disturbance' too high. Whilst no minimum threshold was given by the Supreme Court, a leading environmental lawyer has reviewed the case and believes that in some circumstances disturbance of one or two individuals of a European Protected Species (EPS) may fall within the offence.

Five Valleys Ecology Receive an Ethical Award from the Ethical Company Organisation

Five Valleys Ecology are delighted to have received an Ethical Award and accreditation from the Ethical Company Organisation in recognition of our strong commitment to ethical business practices. The research team stated 'Five Valleys Ecology are commended for puting ethical and environmental considerations at the heart of their business and for providing an ethical alternative within their sector'.


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