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The world’s future is influenced by the actions we take today. Atkins is committed to playing its part to ensure the world is on a development pathway that meets the needs of future generations within the limits of the planet’s resources. This means reducing the impact of our own operations and working in a responsible, ethical and accountable way. By protecting and improving ecosystems we can guarantee a healthy environment for the future.

From feasibility and planning to consultation and implementation, our award-winning terrestrial and aquatic ecology experts help clients deliver projects of any size.

We assess, interpret and identify all ecological issues, constraints and opportunities to ensure legal compliance - avoiding costly delays during planning and construction. We use our technical excellence to create innovative solutions.

Clients benefit from our technical expertise and pragmatic approach in balancing wildlife conservation and progress.

The dynamic and influential relationship between our ecology and our engineering, planning and design teams results in the best outcomes in terms of design, consents and delivery for urban and infrastructure projects.

Ecosystem services

People derive enormous benefits from the natural environment including clean water and air, food, fuel, pollination and the contribution of natural vegetation to flood control.

The European Commission's Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 sets out clear targets, which require robust ecological methodologies to ensure infrastructure projects are delivered successfully.

We help our clients understand the link between the economy and the environment, what biodiversity means for them, and the implications for their projects.

How can we help you?

  • Ecological survey and impact assessment of developments
  • Advice on legally protected species
  • Design of mitigation including blue and green infrastructure, habitat creation and translocation, biodiversity offsetting, protected species works and habitat management
  • Expert witness at Public Inquiries
  • On-site construction support including ecological clerks of works
  • Ecosystem services valuation
  • Biodiversity strategic advice.

Please download our technical papers and brochures to find out more about how we can help you.

Collection of technical papers


Our ecology team has produced a calendar for ecological survey and mitigation for the key species most likely to be encountered on urban and infrastructure projects in the UK.