Expertise: Ecology

The Arc team has over twenty years’ experience of managing ecological issues, biodiversity projects and wildlife priorities. We have worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors and understand how to balance, connect and resolve the concerns of clients, regulators, planning authorities and community groups.

Species and habitats, the sites and features protected by ecological policy and wildlife law are familiar and established matters of compliance and consent. Whether you’re building a new town, a barn conversion, a cycleway or a bird hide there will always be principles and practicalities of ecological constraint and opportunity. We specialise in solving the problems and delivering the benefits.

We can design out the difficulties and build in the enhancements most effectively at masterplan stage and this is always the best route, but real life doesn’t make it easy and we’re familiar with just about every kind of ecological challenge from pre-planning to the first spade in the ground!
Arc has a close working relationship with Natural England and the Environment Agency, both as regulators and as project partners.

We have helped clients with site selection, due diligence, biological surveys, design and layout guidance, impact assessments, mitigation strategies, enhancement proposals and masterplanning.


  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEAs previously known as Phase 1 assessments)
  • Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIAs)
  • Protected Species Surveys for a full range of legally Protected Species
  • Protected Species Licences
  • Ecological Risk Assessments
  • Ecological Clerk of Works
  • Ecological Mitigation
  • Translocation projects
  • Habitat creation
  • Habitat Regulations Assessments (HRA)
  • BREEAM Assessment (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method)

Case Studies:

River Ecology – Client, Environment Agency

Protected Areas & Landscape Advice

Industrial Ecology 

SPA Mitigation

Coastal Defence in SAC

Renewable Energy & Ecology

Urban Landscaping & Community Consultation

Artificial Badger Setts