About Us

As a Consultant Chartered Town Planner, having previously worked in the industry for over twenty years with Ward Hadaway Solicitors, DTZ and BNP Paribas Real Estate, I have always sought the advice and assistance of qualified ecologists. I first commissioned Wildwood Ecology in 2010 after struggling to find an ecologist with the right skills and approach to take forward a large residential scheme in Pembrokeshire. Richard Dodd (Managing Director) swiftly provided me with a quote for works that included a preliminary habitat survey. I, as too my client, were extremely pleased with the quick turnaround time of both the survey and report and the clear and concise manner in which it was presented. Following some lengthy discussions with the local planning authority we further commissioned Wildwood to undertake a series of protected species surveys. The end result was a successful planning permission. Richard’s advice during the application stages was invaluable and assisted greatly in securing the site for residential development. In the past five years I have both used and recommended the professional services of Wildwood Ecology for both residential and commercial applications. They are a great team to work alongside, knowledgeable and confident in their approach to the services they provide and dedicated in getting the right outcome for both development and biodiversity. At times, a difficult task to successfully achieve and implement! I have found that Wildwood Ecology provide a responsive service with cost effective solutions and are highly pragmatic in their approach. I have, therefore, no hesitation in recommending their services to others.
Shawn J Cullen (Consultant Chartered Town Planner)
"Whilst we appreciate the importance of features of ecological and biodiversity value, sometimes our clients are more concentrated with profitability and scheme viability. As such, commercial awareness is key – this is something Wildwood Ecology already consider and often factor into their service / reports.”
Mike Southall (Principal Planner), GVA
"We received a CPD seminar from Wildwood Ecology on the 4th December 2014. The Surveyors and Professionals present found the seminar informative, fascinating and well put together. We feel confident that the information learned during the CPD will be useful and applicable to our current and future projects. We would also like to thank Richard Dodd for his clear and confident presentation.”
Anna Gribben (Building Surveyor), Easton Bevins
"CPD’s should be just that, a tool to continue professional development. The CPD seminar we were given by Wildwood Ecology was informative, enlightening and very worthwhile. For once it was well attended and all staff felt it was the best CPD we have had for a long time. Many other companies could learn from the way Wildwood presented their information.”
Shaun Prichard (Associate Director), B3 Architects
May I take this opportunity to say what a pleasure it has been to work with you and I hope your association with Llwyn Celyn does not end when tools are downed.
Kasia Howard – The Landmark Trust
I would like to say how pleased I am with the service I have received from Wildwood Ecology
Peter Thompson – Jonathan Rhind Architects Ltd

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Bat survey





Wildwood Ecology are an experienced team of ecologists and bat specialists who have been providing ecological surveys and consultancy services across England and Wales since 1998.

Whilst we specialise in planning permission involving bats and heritage buildings, we can help you achieve the right balance between your commercial and ecological responsibilities no matter what your requirements are.  We are proud to deliver pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to our broad client base which includes both the public and private sector.

As part of our collaborative approach we provide core ecological services such as our tailored Preliminary Ecological Appraisal’s.

Designed around our clients’ needs our services, with their clear and concise reports, will inform and help you progress your project development.

We also offer expertise across terrestrial and freshwater aquatic habitat types and our licensed and experienced ecologists routinely liaise with government agencies on ecological and planning issues including mitigation measures and the monitoring of protected species.

Our ecological team are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), the professional body that represents and supports ecologists and environmental managers, and either hold, or are working towards acquiring, their bat licence.

We are specialists in undertaking bat surveys and our 20 plus years of experience in undertaking these surveys has allowed us to develop a strong understanding of complex sites, including historic and listed buildings and estate management.

Wildwood Ecology holds professional indemnity, employers’ liability and public liability insurance cover. Our motivated staff are trained to work in confined space and low risk asbestos environments, hold LISS/CSCS cards and are first aid and health and safety trained.

Wildwood Ecology is a registered and approved SafeContractor company.

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Did you know

The Great Crested Newt (GCN) is the largest native newt found in the UK. Previously a common species that many people remember finding in backyard ponds populations have declined in recent years and it is now a rare species across Europe and strictly protected.

GCN actually only use ponds for breeding and spend most of the year outside of water where the surrounding habitat is important hunting and resting grounds for the newt. The GCN is a top predator and will eat most things that happen to walk by that it can fit in its mouth!

GCN can be found in a variety of habitats and even in urban ponds where they may not be expected.

Wildwood Ecology can offer both traditional methods of surveying for GCN, along with novel environmental DNA surveys. Contact us now for a tailored quote.