Churton Ecology is a Shropshire-based ecological consultancy offering range of specialist surveys including bat surveys. Churton also provides advice on protected flora and fauna species.
Our focus is on ensuring that our clients’ projects meet their ecological planning requirements. We prepare, submit and carry out a range of European Protected Species Mitigation Licences. These are often for bats, great crested newt and dormouse.
We do projects for a range of clients including homeowners, developers, architects, landscape architects, land agents, foresters and planning and environmental consultants. It’s also not unusual for us to work for county councils, statutory nature conservation organisations, charities and conservation bodies.
Founded in 1998 by Dr Kate Thorne MCIEEM, the company expanded to include partner Robert Thorne in 2005. We both hold National Resources Wales and Natural England licences to survey for a wide range of protected species.
With offices in central and south-west Shropshire we operate primarily in Shropshire and the surrounding counties. These include Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Powys, Gwynedd, Carmarthenshire and Denbighshire. We have also undertaken a small number of projects as far afield as Northern Ireland, Devon and Cumbria.
To avoid costly delays to projects, it’s best to consider the impact on protected species early in the planning process. We are licensed to undertake surveys on protected species such as bats, dormouse, great crested newt, barn owl and white-clawed crayfish.
Where required, we can carry out more specialised botanical surveys focusing on target or individual species of critical and Schedule 8 taxa. Detailed botanical surveys are carried out in spring and summer, typically between the months of May and September.
An ecological impact assessment determines the potential effects of actions on ecosystems through habitat surveys and surveys of species. Statutory bodies such as councils and the Environment Agency are required to use these to inform major planning decisions.