Peak Ecology in Scotland
With the acquisition of two established ecology businesses in Scotland in 2012, Lutra Ecological Services and the Natural Resource Consultancy, we now have two Scottish offices, in Dumfries & Galloway (Carrutherstown, near Dumfries) and Strathclyde (Auchincruive, near Ayr) and our project base in Scotland is growing significantly.
We have now been appointed to Forestry Commission Scotland’s ecological framework in all ten Scottish Forest Districts. Given that this in addition to our ongoing close working relationship with Fountains Forestry, we now have a very strong presence and track record in Scottish forestry.
Peak Ecology have also been appointed to Scottish Natural Heritage’s Site Condition Monitoring framework and our portfolio of projects in Scotland continues to grow. For example, we are working with the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority, working to improve visitor facilities within the park. We have also undertaken BREEAM assessments on two large development sites in Glasgow and Edinburgh and have several renewable energy projects in process.
In addition to our permanent staff in Dumfries & Galloway and Strathclyde we have a network of approved sub-contractors covering other areas of Scotland including the central belt, Tayside, Inverness-shire, Aberdeenshire, Caithness and Sutherland and the Western Isles.
A lot of our work is involved with protected mammals in the forestry sector, in particular Scottish specialities such as red squirrel, pine marten and otter as well as bats and badgers. As an example, in 2012 we have been trialling the use of camera traps for monitoring otter holts in remote forested areas.
Our ornithologists are undertaking surveys for black grouse, capercaillie and breeding Schedule 1 raptors including osprey, goshawk, hen harrier, golden eagle, peregrine and merlin as well as more general breeding bird surveys and vantage point surveys.
Our site condition monitoring work involves higher level botanical survey and analysis using standard field recording and reporting techniques.
In addition, both our Principal Ecologist, Malcolm Ginns and Technical Director, Carol Crawford are very much involved in biological recording and specialist training in Scotland.
If you are interested in any of our services in Scotland, don’t hesitate to contact us >>
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All but two of the permanent Bakewell ecology staff now have or have applied for their CSCS cards….. >>
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Peak Ecology has been used as a case study for best practice within CIEEM’s new Guidelines…. >>
The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) have issued revised guidance “Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists”…. >>