Essex Ecology Services Ltd. (EECOS) is a wholly owned subsidiary company of the Essex Wildlife Trust. Our five full time ecologists have a wide range of skills combined with protected species survey licences, as well as keen specialist interests in a range of ecological fields. EECOS has been trading since 1994, having grown from the original Phase 1 Local Wildlife Site (SINC) surveys of Essex in the early 1990s; we have since covered every district within the county – walking many 100s kilometres of footpaths and bridleways – and have thereby built up unparalleled knowledge of the county’s diverse habitats and urban areas. In restricting our services to Essex and surrounding counties (Suffolk and Cambridgeshire), the local knowledge of wildlife built up over 17 years helps provide a professional and well-informed service to a range of clients.
We carry out a range of ecological surveys including Ecological Assessments for planning purposes (our Preliminary Ecological Assessment), protected species surveys (Badgers, bats, birds, BAP species, Dormice, Great Crested Newts, invertebrates, Otters, Reptiles, Water Voles and White-clawed Crayfish) – including Natural England licensing and mitigation – BREEAM / Code for Sustainable Homes (Land Use and Ecology), Farm Environment Plans for Higher Level Stewardship and other ecological services, as well as a range of habitat and botanical surveys including Phase I, NVC, invasive weed assessments and conservation management plans for a range of sites. Staff members are also experience in practical conservation management, including the use of chainsaws and brushcutters.
All EECOS staff are members of the IEEM (Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management) and are guided by the Professional Codes of Conduct. EECOS is also a member of the AWTC (Association for Wildlife trust Consultancies), drawing from experience from 20 other Wildlife Trust consultancies in the UK, which enables us to collaborate on larger national projects and share experience across county boundaries.
All profits are returned to the Essex Wildlife Trust at the end of the financial year, to support their important conservation and education work within the county.