Our services

We pride ourselves on being client-focused, and have worked on a diverse range of projects within a wide range of sectors. We are also the first and only UK ecological consultancy working on a development being progressed via a Community Right to Build Order and as such are helping to pioneer this process. Together, our dedicated ecological consultants comprise an extensive range of skills and experience with which to meet the needs of your business.

Protected species surveys

Tor Ecology has a team of experienced ecologists. We can undertake all of the protected species surveys that may be necessary to help you proceed with your project.

We hold in-house survey licences for European Protected Species including bat, dormouse and great crested newt and undertake surveys for barn owl, otter, water vole, birds, invertebrates and common species of reptile.

As well as undertaking surveys, we can:

  • support you to secure any development licences that you may need
  • help you to identify situations where the presence of one or more protected species is likely to require your consideration
  • relieve you of any unecessary delays in your progress
  • prevent unexpected financial costs as your project develops
  • produce robust mitigation and enhancement strategies to perpetuate planning permission

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Ecological appraisal

The majority of planning applications will require an ecological appraisal for validation purposes.

We can provide all the necessary documentation and undertake all of the necessary surveys in order to support this process.

Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (sometimes also called Extended Phase I Habitat Surveys) are a standard used for classifying and mapping British wildlife habitats and evaluating a site for protected species. Preliminary Roost Assessment (PRA) are undertaken to assess whether a bat roost might be present. These are the most commonly requested reports by Local Authorities prior to the submission of a planning application and they are recommended as a minimum requirement used to inform planning proposals.

Once a PEA / PRA has been carried out, it may be determined that further ecological survey work/assessments are required on your site. We are able to provide a complete service starting at the PEA stage, through planning and into the construction phase with accompanying reports relevant to each part of the process.

Our additional reporting capabilities include:

  • ecological baseline reports
  • ecological chapters for Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Habitat Regulations Assessments (HRA) and screening
  • ecology/habitat Management Plans
  • Mitigation and Enhancement Strategies (EMES)

We also provide digital maps to accompany our reports and to help with interpretation.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Green Infrastructure Strategy

Tor Ecology have capability to design and deliver your Green Infrastructure Strategy.

“Green infrastructure (GI) is a network of multifunctional green space, urban and rural, which is capable of delivering a wide range of environmental and quality of life benefits for local communities[1].” National Planning Policy Framework, 2016.

Using an evidence based approach our strategies provide a framework for how future development is planned and developed and can support your emerging policy and embed health and wellbeing into Neighbourhood planning.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Habitat Surveys

The correct identification of habitats that are present on site forms an important part of any ecological appraisal. Not only is it important to recognise habitats that are capable of supporting protected species, but many habitats are capable of supporting botanically diverse vegetation communities with rare or notable plant species.

Our ecologists have carried out surveys across a comprehensive range of habitats including woodland, farmland, grassland, heathland and aquatic environments. We have experience with carrying out assessments in both urban and rural areas as well as on important designated sites such as Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

In addition, we are able to offer the following:

  • hedgerow surveys
  • ancient woodland indicator plant surveys
  • aquatic surveys
  • rare/notable plant surveys and monitoring
  • National Vegetation Classification (NVC) surveys
  • condition monitoring assessments on designated sites.

We are also able to offer advice on techniques which could be employed to protect, manage, enhance, restore or create habitats and vegetation communities on your site.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Suite 10, Buckfastleigh Business Centre
33 Chapel Street, Buckfastleigh
Devon, TQ11 0AB

Plymouth Office

Plymouth Science Park,
1 Davy Road, Derriford,
Plymouth PL6 8BX


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Email: [email protected]

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