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Bat activity surveys can be carried out with our skilled team of sub-consultants.

Preliminary Ecological Appraisals

PEA’s assess the likely significance of ecological impacts on a proposed development site will be an important contribution to these early stages. It will help the developer and the planning authority to agree the appropriate scope of any subsequent impact assessments, or that ecological impacts will not be a significant issue in the determination of the application when it is submitted.

Ecological Clerk of Works

Site supervision work during construction, maintenance and demolitions.

RH Ecological Services was established in 2012.

Covering the North East, Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales.

The company specialises in undertaking ecological work associated with wildlife and habitats such as bats, great crested newts, badger, otter, water vole, wetlands and brownfield sites.

Rachel Hepburn holds survey licenses for bats and great crested newts from Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural Resources Wales.

Examples of work:

🐸 Pre-planning advice

🐞 Preliminary ecological appraisals

🐸 Protected species impact assessments (and full surveys if required)

🐞 Natural England licensing applications

🐸 Support throughout your planning application process.

🐞 Species mitigation

🐸 On-site monitoring and supervision

Contact Rachel

Get in touch discuss your wildlife assessment requirements. 

We would be happy to arrange an on-site visit to advise further – with 2 offices based in Durham (Weardale) and Gisburn.




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The impact of development on protected species needs to be taken seriously. Legislation can be confusing and appear daunting. However we are here to advise clients through the whole process.

Great Crested Newts

Great crested newt surveys can be commissioned as well as wetland assessments and management plans.


Bat assessments can be carried out on both buildings and trees. Dusk and dawn activity surveys can be carried out and site supervision work provided during the construction stages of a development.


Training sessions can be provided for both students and professionals. Recent examples include great crested newt survey, bat sonogram analysis, wetland assessments and report writing.


Just want to enjoy nature? View photos of Natural Britain taken by the team.


Rachel-Helen is an Associate Member of CIEEM.