Ecological Services

  • Ecological Clerk of Works
  • Protected Species Surveys
  • Ecological Consultancy
  • Site Appraisals

Ecological Services Overview

Service Summary:

  • Ecological Clerk of Works
  • All aspects of Ecological Consultancy from birds, bats, badgers and newts.
  • Site Appraisals including:
    • Phase 1 Habitat Surveys
    • Invasive Plant Surveys
    • Botany NVC surveys
  • Protected Species Surveys: Bats, dormice, great crested newts, natterjack toads, otters, sand lizard, smooth snake, badgers, Red squirrels, water voles and other protected species.

Licenses held for:

  • Schedule 1 licence for Barn Owls (all counties)
  • Great Crested Newt Licence Class 1
  • Bat survey Level 2 and a Voluntary Bat Roost Visitor Level 1.
  • Newt Fencing Survey and Installation Click here >>
  • Soil Translocation
  • Sensitive Site Clearance
  • Tree Management
  • Sensitive Tree Removal

Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW)

The Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) services provided by Kingwell Holdings cover a number of disciplines, including those set out below:

  • Advice and monitoring of all construction activities
  • Monitor compliance
  • Pre-construction checks for sensitive habitats and protected species
  • Often include species protection plans for Breeding birds, protected mammals, reptiles, amphibians
  • Apply for EPS licences
  • Map and create construction exclusion zones
  • Provide information and give Environmental Site inductions, Toolbox Talks and meetings
  • Micro siting infrastructure features
  • Water pollution prevention
  • Water quality sampling
  • Record activities and produce monthly reports


Sensitive Site Clearance

We have a wide range of experience in clearing sensitive sites such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and have removed trees and vegetation carefully so as to cause a minimal impact on the environment. We have a variety of low ground pressure machines controlled by experienced operators who have a wealth of experience of working on environmentally sensitive sites.

Having an experienced Ecologist involved early on with sensitive operations has been a huge benefit to our work, from the initial survey and appraisal to writing the method statements with our operators, through to the onsite Ecological supervision. Having these close links saves time and money and keeps the project team focused on Environmental issues. All our machines carry spill kits and have had training in dealing with pollution incidents.

Our Ecologist has provided toolbox talks to other contractors on the Environmental sensitivities of sites to ensure that Environmental controls are understood by everyone on the site.

sensitive wetland habitat

Sensitive wetland habitat

sensitive wetland habitat

Wildlife Fencing

We can provide the following types of Great crested newt fencing:

  • Permanent newt fencing
  • Semi permanent newt fencing
  • Temporary newt fencing

We generally use a strong polythene membrane and quality stakes and working with our Ecologist we ensure that the membrane is correctly installed and is taught.

The installation of newt fencing can provide a suitable barrier to either keep Great crested newts off development sites, or where appropriate they can form an areas from which the newts can be collected prior to any works. The fencing can also be used to enclose a specific receptor area (that would be identified in specific amphibian surveys) whilst breeding populations and habitat are being established.

Great crested newt fencing

Great crested newt fencing

Installation of Great Crested Newt fencing

Trees and Bats

We work with Licensed Bat experts and can therefore carry out work to trees that have been identified from tree surveys as having potential for bats. We can carry out operations such as aerial tree inspections (Tree climbing surveys) to check for the evidence of any bats and to do this effectively we use tree arboriculture skills to safely access the upper canopy. Trees with features such as splits, cavities or even thick ivy cover can provide roost sites for bats. Where there is a reasonable likelihood of the bats in trees, Local Planning Authorities have a duty to consider impacts on the species and their roosts, and they will rely on survey information when considering Planning Applications. Tree climbing surveys can be undertaken at any time of year and are far more comprehensive than surveys conduct from ground level.

Kingwell provide advice to major infrastructure projects as well as smaller developments, highways, new housing schemes and nature reserves; and we provide support to tree officers, site managers, and developers. Our experience of obtaining bat licences is extensive.

Invasive Weed Management

We frequently work on sites where invasive weeds are present, often growing within trees and other vegetation and they require careful machinery operations so that weeds like Japanese knotweed are controlled and not spread by work being carried out onsite.

We are able to survey for noxious weeds and provide a range of treatment methods for them. Himalayan balsam is frequently observed on sites being cleared and we can advise on the best control methods.

Read more on how we deal with invasive species here


Translocating Vegetation & Ponds

We have a great deal of experience in translocating vegetation and can employ tried and tested methods to ensure that vegetation is carefully installed in a new area. We can also dig relocation ponds to specific requirements and any other habitat creation or mitigation measures that maybe required.