Ecology Matters


Ecology Matters, an established and growing ecological services company based in Wales, was acquired to form ‘Ecology Matters @ Environment Systems.’

We offer a wide range of complementary services combining specialist ecological survey work with practical advice. Our work ranges from large public infrastructure projects such as wind farms and road schemes to housing projects and coastal surveys. Our team of ecologists is licensed to carry out protected species surveys for bats, great crested newts, water voles, otters etc. using the latest techniques and technology.

honeybeeCustomers for ecological services also benefit from Environment Systems’ advanced remote sensing skills which enhance ecological investigation through systematic wide area mapping and monitoring. This together with a strong capability modelling species distribution, connectivity networks and statistical analysis, this has created a deep understanding of the role of ecosystem services in the protection and enhancement of biodiversity.


Ecology Matters @ Environment Systems will provide a wide range of services including:

  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
  • Phase 1 Habitat survey and National Vegetation Classification
  • Protected species survey, advice and licensing
  • Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
  • Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA)
  • Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA)
  • Site interpretation and ground truthing
  • Habitat management planning
  • Expert witness
  • BREEAM, Code for Sustainable Homes & CEEQUAL Assessments

A number of staff are full members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and are Chartered Environmentalists. Our practitioners hold survey and development licenses for species protected by European law, which means we can offer:

  • Bird surveys including vantage points, radio-tracking and wing tagging
  • Protected Species Survey – Bats, great crested newt, water vole & otter etc.
  • Phase 1 Habitat surveys
  • Biodiversity and the Built Environment

Codes of Practice

Ecology Matters at Environment Systems adheres to established codes of professional practice including:

  • BS42020: 2013 Biodiversity Code of practice in planning and development.
  • Guidelines Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (CIEEM, 2012)
  • Guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment in the United Kingdom (IEEM, 2006)
  • Bat Conservation Trust’s ‘Bat Surveys Good Practice Guidelines’ (Hundt, 2012)
  • Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the United Kingdom Advice Note series (
  • ©Chris Griffin
  • ©Chris Griffin
  • ©Chris Griffin

Ecology Calendar

This calendar is a guide for the best times to carry out ecological surveys for particular species.

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Click to view and download our Ecology Calendar