Absolute Ecology was established in 2008 by Mr. Matthew James Haydock as an ecological consultancy to advise both private and public sector bodies as a contractor or as a sub contractor.

Absolute Ecology ecologists have a wealth of expertise in protected and invasive species survey, Habitat Phase 1, Habitat Phase 1 Extended  related work. We are based in West Midlands, Staffordshire enabling us to work across the UK at highly competitive rates.

A professional, yet always proactive and personal approach with professionalism is our motto. Our projects consist of Bat, Great Crested Newt and Badger surveys, all surveys are carried out by a licensed ecologist for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Absolute Ecology provides and delivers a very wide scope of work, requiring that our staff and associates are familiar with   the latest advances in technology, the environmental sciences and environmental management; indeed the work we carry out often contributes to this. This means we have scientists with a very wide range of expertise, ensuring that the  advice we give is not only of the highest professional standards, but also balanced.

“Win-Win” and sustainable solutions lie at the heart of all our work.

Working with clients locally and nationally, our talented, experienced, qualified and highly motivated team provide reliable and cost effective solutions to a diverse range of requests.  

We undertake a very broad range of field and office-based work.

No job is too small or too complex for us!

What is important to Absolute Ecology?

That our customers receive a high standard of independent advice, based on good science and best practice, delivered on time, and focused around their needs.

* If survey techniques involve the capture, handling or disturbance of a protected species, surveys must be undertaken by a licensed person.

** Where mitigation involves capture, injury, disturbance or killing of a protected species and/or disturbance of their habitats a development licence must be obtained from Natural England (Defra). Development licence applications take approximately 30 working days to process.

*** Where mitigation involves the disturbance of a Badger sett a mitigation licence must be obtained from Natural England (Defra). Licences will only be granted to people who have proven competence with the species concerned.

Water Voles received increased protection

It will now be against the law to intentionally kill a water vole or to intentionally, or recklessly, damage or disturb the places they use for shelter or protection, meaning that their future is a safer one.

Threatened by habitat loss and predation by American mink, the water vole is the UK's fastest declining native mammal. In 1990 there were seven million water voles in the UK. By 1998 numbers had crashed to less than a million and they have since continued to fall. Previous legal protection for water voles, introduced in 1998, extended only to the animal's habitat, not to the animal itself. This has proved a source of confusion, resulting in the loss of important water vole colonies.

The full protection will come into force on 6 April 2008 under section 9(1) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Special Points of Interest

• Carry out any surveys required as early in the planning process as possible to save time and delays and money.

• November to April Season is badger surveys

• March to June is Great Crested Newt survey season and scoping assessments can be all year round.

• Bat activity Survey season May to September/October.
• Bat hibernation and general scoping assessments is November to March/April

Don't forget Phase 1 Habitat Surveys can be all year round.


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