From river surveys, through to liasing with landowners, applying for funding and consent to managing contractors on the ground, we are able to provide an experienced and competent service. We have extensive experience in advising on flood relief options and habitat enhancements such as installing deflectors and creating low flow channels, pool and riffle sequences.
With extensive experience of water vole survey and mitigation works we are able to advise on the best way to manage the presence of this protected species on your site.
For small development works it may be possible to implement destructive bank techniques, minimising your costs and the need for extensive trapping works.
More extensive work may require a Natural England licence. Trained by Derek Gow Consultancy Ltd we are able to obtain a licence to cover this work and supervise on site.
From small urban sites to country wide wetland systems, we can provide habitat surveys to meet your requirements and create management plans which work for their audience.
Management recommendations can be taken a step further with on-site training for contractors on species i.d. and overseeing project management on the ground.
We specialise in listening to you and working in partnership with you and your contractors.
Creating good working relationship with landowners is a skill that can’t be taught but respecting the knowledge farmers have about their land is a good starting point. We have an excellent track record of working with landowners to provide advice on managing land and waterways and achieving positive changes for wildlife.
Do you need people engagement as part of your project? Do you have a ‘friends’ group that wish to undertake practical action? We have many years experience at managing volunteer projects from river clean ups to teaching specialist river restoration techniques such as installing woody debris.
We can give your group a safe and enjoyable day and achieve results on the ground.
Community consultation is so often seen as just a box to tick to get onto the next stage of managing your project but this can lead to poor design and an alienated community.
We use techniques such as planning for real and landscape assessments to work with communities to create ownership and improve design but most of all we pride ourselves in listening to people and respecting their views.
We have worked with a wide variety of organisations such as the RSPB, Medway Swale Estuary Partnership and Medway Council to engage audiences.
We specialise in events combining nature with arts and gain particular satisfaction in providing access to the countryside for people with mobility problems and mental health issues.
Through our sister company, Little Owl Tours, we are able to provide walking or minibus tours around Kent focussing on the county’s history and wildlife.
Choose from our list of set tours (link to list) including Great Expectations, Naughty Nuns and Nightingales or Sunset and Harriers or have a tour tailor made to your needs.
Carol J Donaldson is an award winning nature and travel writer (BBC Wildlife Magazine Travel Writer of the Year) and can provide workshops on nature and travel writing either classroom based or out in the field.