Ecological Solutions for Individuals and Businesses
Five Valleys Ecology Ltd is an ecological consultancy based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. We specialise in providing clear, pragmatic ecological advice grounded in current best practice to inform land use planning and nature conservation decision making.
Our clients include developers, architects, planning consultants, local authorities, charities, statutory nature conservation bodies and environmental regulators. 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.
We pride ourselves on providing you with the best value for money possible through our high standard of workmanship and high quality customer service carried out at competitive rates. We always put in the extra effort required to 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). Five Valleys Ecology hold insurance policies with Professional Indemnity cover to £1,000,000, Public Liability cover to £2,000,000, and 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 able to provide a full range of ecological consultancy services including:
- Protected species surveys, mitigation design and EPS licensing;
- Site studies (ecological walkovers, ecological appraisals and ecological assessments);
- Preparation of ecology chapters for Environmental Statements (EIA);
- Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA);
- Wetland ecology and design, including wetland treatment system (WTS) design;
- Terrestrial and aquatic botany;
- Vegetation description and analysis;
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping;
- Topographic surveys and 3D digital terrain modelling; and
- BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) assessments
We are fully commited to ethical business practices and managing the impact of our business on the environment. We are accredited with the Ethical Company Organisation and are Green Achiever Scheme Registered in recognition of these commitments. Further details can be obtained by downloading a copy of our Ethical and Environmental Policy (pdf, 31 K), and Ethical Accreditation Award Certificate (pdf, 430 K).
Ecology Survey CalendarDownload 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.
Five Valleys Ecology Receive an Ethical Award from the Ethical Company OrganisationFive 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'.
Five Valleys Ecology Becomes an Official Stroud Pound TraderFive Valleys Ecology are proud to announce that we are now official Stroud Pound traders. We look forward to supporting our local currency and will be encouraging our suppliers who are not yet part of the scheme to join.
Start of the Great Crested Newt Survey SeasonSurveys 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' OffenceIn the case of Morge vs Hampshire County Council  UKSC 2 on appeal from:  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.