Sharpe Ecology is a Worcestershire-based independent ecological consultancy, founded in 2012 and incorporated in 2023. We provide a range of ecological services from ecological appraisals and assessments, phase 1 and phase 2 habitat surveys, protected species surveys, biodiversity net gain (BNG) assessments, specialist ecological reports, mitigation and enhancement strategies to ecological advice and support for planning applications.
Sharpe Ecology has been responsible for the delivery and management of a variety of ecology projects across both public and private sectors. Clients have included local authorities, large- and small-scale consultancies, housing developers, commercial organisations (including highways, railways and industry), private landowners and individual householders.
Sharpe Ecology, with the services of licensed and highly experienced surveyors and field ecologists, offers a personal and pragmatic service aimed at providing sustainable and integrated solutions in line with client expectation, legislation and best practice.
Based in Pershore, Worcestershire our ecologists are ideally located to cover projects throughout the West Midlands and beyond.
Who are we?
Fiona Sharpe BSc (Hons) PhD MCIEEM
Fiona is the founder and company director and has over 17 years of ecological experience within the ecological consultancy sector and in conservation research.
Fiona holds a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Biology from the University of St Andrews, a PhD in Avian Ecology from the University of Bath and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). She is a licensed surveyor for bats and great crested newts.
Fergus Henderson BSc (Hons) MCIEEM
Fergus is a highly experienced field ecologist with over 25 years experience within the ecological consultancy and nature conservation sectors, and who has been associated with Sharpe Ecology for 10 years. Fergus has a degree in Environmental Science and is a full member of CIEEM. He is a licensed surveyor for bats, great crested newts and hazel dormouse and is a Natural England Registered Consultant for bats.
A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is usually the starting point for most projects. A PEA is used to establish the baseline, existing ecological conditions of a site. A PEA will usually involve a desk study and site walkover survey and is usually used to inform detailed design and the need for further ecological assessment and protected species surveys.
Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is an approach to development and/or land management that aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state that it was before. A minimum 10% BNG is mandatory for major developments from January 2024, minor developments from April 2024 and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) from 2025. Having worked with a local planning authority to produce BNG policies, guidance and procedures, we are best placed to assess BNG and advise of the best approach for your project.
Bat surveys can be required for a range of projects. A Preliminary Roost Assessment (PRA) is usually undertaken to determine if bats are likely to be present, followed by detailed activity surveys if required. We have extensive experience in dealing with bats in buildings, particularly listed and historic buildings, and provide the full range of services from PRA to mitigation, licensing and monitoring.
We offer surveys for a range of protected and priority species, including great crested newt, hazel dormouse, reptiles, birds (breeding and wintering), badgers, barn owl, otter, water vole and white-clawed crayfish. All surveys are carried out at the appopriate time of year by suitably qualified and experienced surveyors, who hold the relevant survey licences where required.
The results of these surveys are used to inform site design, appropraite mitigation schemes and the need for licensing.
Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) is a more detailed, in-depth assessment usually required where potentially significant ecological effects are likely to arise from a project. An EcIA will typically collate information from the PEA, protected species surveys and/or other detailed surveys, and will assess the value of existing ecological features, consider potential ecological effects (adverse and beneficial) of the development, and assess any residual impacts.
We offer a range of habitat surveys from phase 1 surveys using both the JNCC Phase 1 and UK Habitats Classifications, to more detailed phase surveys such as National Vegetation Classification (NVC), hedgerow surveys and BREEAM assessments. This list is not exhaustive so if you have any other requirements please do get in touch.
It is important that projects are deliverable and protect and enhance biodiversity features. We are able to provide a range of additional services including (but not restricted to):