Somerset County Council

Somerset Ecology Services


We offer a range of professional ecological services to clients outside of the County Council.

We offer comprehensive support for your project from start to finish. From initial desk top studies and preliminary walkover surveys to more in-depth surveys for protected and other species to practical help with planning applications and implementing cost-effective measures on sites.

Our ecological team provides high quality ecological advice and expertise. We offer biodiversity solutions tailored to your specific needs:

  • Ecological advice
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Legally protected species survey and support 
  • Management plans
  • Training
Particular specialisms:
  • Ecology and the planning system
  • Protected species licences held for Bats and Dormice
  • Badger licence applications
  • Habitats Regulations Assessments
  • Biodiversity off-setting calculations
  • Invertebrate surveys  

We charge for the work we do for:

  • Other public bodies
  • Local authorities
  • Members of the public
  • Businesses of all sizes (including sub-contracting to consultancies)
  • Schools, academies, colleges 

Timescales depend on what is required and the needs imposed by survey seasons.

We can provide a written quotation or estimate on request.

You can contact us from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday. We are available for work outside of these hours by arrangement.

Laws and regulations 

The main legislation relating to wildlife is outlined on our Biodiversity page.

Quality standards

All the team are long-time full members of the Chartered institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and adhere to CIEEM’s code of conduct. We are covered by the County Council’s professional indemnity insurance. CVs can be provided on request.

British Standard 42020 provides a code of practice for consideration of biodiversity in planning and development processes.

A number of other consultancies have approached us to make us aware that they offer ecological services in Somerset and to ask us to put their names on a list of such service providers. The Somerset Ecological Consultants List is for guidance only and does not constitute an endorsement of individuals or companies by Somerset County Council. The list is not definitive but comprises consultancies that we are aware provide services in at least some part of the county and, whilst we make every effort to keep this list up to date (reviewing it at least annually), we cannot be held responsible for the quality of the services provided by any business listed. You can find other companies or individuals by searching online or through the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).


Contact: County Ecologist, Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY 
Phone: 01823 358118
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed

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