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Ecology Surveys for Planning Permission

The role we play in planning is fundamental, particularly as our reporting from the ecological services we carry out directly impacts the judgements of a local planning authority when it comes to deciding whether to approve or reject an application for planning permission. 

Certain legal parameters restrict harm from coming to species of animals and plants that are considered rare. Within active legislation, various wildlife species are listed as protected, making it a crime for anyone to harm them, their habitat or the surrounding natural environment, even if it conflicts with your development plans.

An ecology survey will give you the tools you need to navigate your way through the planning process. You will then be given an ecology report after the assessment, and within it, you will find comprehensive information about your development site, the presence of ecological assets, any recommendations for further inspections, and details of what you need to do to meet the planning requirements and successfully secure planning consent from the corresponding local authorities.

An Introduction to Midland Ecology

In operation since 2011, Midland Ecology provides a wide range of ecological consultancy services in respect to planning and development, with a primary focus on covering the Midlands area.

Our team contains professionally qualified surveyors, licensed ecologists and specialised administrative support staff, giving us the foundations to offer adequate habitat management and land management during the planning process in any development projects we are instructed to work on.

From start to finish, we approach each and every client with the same combination of speed and quality, and once all ecological aspects have been catered to, we will produce an ecology report that can be submitted to your local authority to bolster your planning application, directly helping you to progress.

Expert Advice and Insight

Following many years of training, each member of our team has the relevant qualifications, extensive experience and vast knowledge to undertake high quality ecological surveys, uncovering crucial insights to benefit your planning project and any pivotal decisions you need to make.

Whether you require habitat surveys on present protected species of animals or plants, assistance with securing planning applications, guidance to achieve habitat creation and meet the biodiversity net gain (BNG) mandate, or help with any other matter relating to ecology, our team are the people to talk to.


Years Of Experience


Reports accepted by planning authorities


Projects assisted to completion

Midland Ecology

Complete Ecology Solutions

Our selection of ecology survey services aim to cover every possible purpose and requirement, spanning from protected species surveys for badgers, bats, breeding birds or wintering birds, great crested newts and reptiles to broader forms of ecological mitigation such as preliminary ecological appraisals (PEAs) and ecological impact assessments (EcIA) and almost anything in between. As plants are included within the list of protected species, we can also provide assessments over Himalayan balsam, injurious weeds and Japanese knotweed.

More Reasons to Choose Midland Ecology

Complete Ecology Support

From concept through to construction.

Competitive Prices

Because why pay more?

Fast Turnaround

To meet tight planning deadlines.

Expert Knowledge

Using years of experience and EPSM licensing.

Thorough and Efficient

Following best practice guidelines and minimising site visits.

Can Do Attitude

Limiting disruption and providing cost-effective solutions.

Communication is Key

Keeping you informed throughout the process.

No Nonsense

Straightforward working style and clear, plain English reports.

Good Working Relationships

Working in collaboration to get the job done.

The consultants and surveyors across our team possess licences for dealing with protected species accordingly, qualifications for leading ecological surveys, and additional certification from the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Natural England as applicable.

Kind Words From Our Clients

We're a Business That Cares...and It Shows.

Martin Wiles
Great to work with
Gurnam Singh
James was a fantastic surveyor, he provided the right solution for the client as well as the environment. I would use them again
Ed McDonald
Midlands Ecology are a fantastic ecology business. They helped me with a very challenging environmental issue. They came with a problem solving approach and really found the best solution in the interest of the environment with an efficient solution. I am happy to recommend them and will always use them moving forward based on their helpful and thorough approach whilst factoring in all aspects of the environment to provide great solutions.
David Willis
Fantastic service regarding bat survey, clear communication, fast turn around and kept me updated all the way. Highly recommended

Examples of past surveys we’ve undertaken for clients could, for instance, include a great crested newt survey on a nearby pond for a new build, an inspection of barn owl populations on historic buildings within the boundary line during simple renovation works, and any number of bat or bird surveys to ensure that no species or roosts are disrupted over the course of a loft conversion.

Our work can span to developments of any size and scale, and at any point that we are instructed to work on behalf of a client, we pride ourselves on demonstrating the same level of attention to detail and quality in our work, leaving no difference in our approach between any developments that are small, private and led by an independent homeowner and any that are large, professional and led by a commercial developer.

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Our head office is based in Birmingham but we cover the whole of the UK.

Quayside Tower, 252-260 Broad St, Birmingham B1 2HF

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