Ecological Clerk of Works: Our Consultants

An Ecological Clerk of Works (ECOW) is an environmental expert who is responsible for overseeing construction projects. They aim to ensure that they comply with environmental legislation and minimise their impact on wildlife and nature.

The ECOW typically works alongside contractors, engineers, architects, and other stakeholders to provide guidance on ecological issues and advise on best practices for protecting natural resources. An ECOWs role is to identify potential environmental issues that may arise during pre construction or development. They can provide recommendations for mitigation measures and monitor the use of those measures to ensure they are effective.

Some of the specific tasks that an ECOW may perform include conducting surveys to identify protected species and habitats and advising on habitat creation and management. They also oversee the work on site and mitigation measures. These include wildlife crossings or erosion control and preparing reports to document the progress of the project.

Overall, the goal of an ECOW is to help ensure that construction projects are carried out in an environmentally responsible manner. They aim to minimise the impact on local wildlife while still achieving the project’s objectives.

What services does an Ecological Clerk of Works provide?

Our Ecological Clerks of Works (ECOW) provide a range of services. We can help to ensure that construction projects comply with local planning requirements. Their methods help to minimise their impact on local wildlife. Some of the specific ECOW services that our consultants may provide include:

  1. Environmental Impact Assessment: An ECOW can conduct an environmental impact assessment of a proposed construction project. This assessment identifies potential ecological issues and provides recommendations for avoiding any adverse effects to meet planning conditions.
  2. Habitat Survey and Monitoring: An ECOW can conduct surveys to identify protected species and habitats on a project site. They can also monitor the site during the construction phase. This is to ensure that any sensitive habitats or protected species are not disturbed and meet health and safety measures.
  3. Mitigation Measures: An ECOW can advise on best practices for ecological mitigation measures. These methods include the creation of new habitats or the installation of wildlife crossings. They can also monitor the effectiveness of these measures to ensure they are working as intended.
  4. Ecological Management Plans: An ECOW can prepare ecological management plans for project sites. These plans provide guidance on the management of sensitive habitats and protected species during the construction and post-construction phases.
  5. Environmental Monitoring and Reporting: An ECOW can provide regular compliance monitoring and reporting on the ecological status of a construction site. This can include tracking changes in habitat quality, water quality, vegetation clearance, and wildlife populations over time.

The role of an ECOW is to provide expert advice and support on ecological issues throughout the construction or planning process. By working closely with project stakeholders, our ECOWs can help ensure that the project is carried out in an environmentally responsible manner. They will always prioritise the aim of minimising any impact on the local ecology.

    Why choose Collington Winter?

    Collington Winter are passionate about ecology and provide a holistic and innovative approach to environmental management. Our ecological consultants are fast paced problem solvers, working with clients to find solutions where others cannot.

    We provide a pragmatic service offering to the residential and commercial sectors nationwide. We understand the importance of working closely with clients to provide a great service and deliver excellent results. We aim to provide a service which meets the needs of our clients. This is whilst problem solving and ensuring positive outcomes for wildlife.

    We also offer European protected species surveys and mitigation.

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