Developing your dream project can be hard, especially when it comes to dealing with environmental regulations and planning. 

Juggling the many regulatory and planning hurdles can be daunting, frustrating, and time-consuming. 

We’re here to help. Our experienced ecology team will guide you through every step of the process, from your initial surveys to bespoke support, so you can stay on track and navigate the planning system.

Bat & Barn Owl

Do you need a bat or barn owl survey to move your project forward? Our specialist team can help. Use our online ‘quote and buy’ tool to cost your bat survey, and order today.

PEA – Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) or Phase 1 Habitat Survey is often required with your planning application and gives an overview of the ecological status of your land.

Landscape Design

We work with developers to create designs that respect the character of local landscape support your planning application.

Nutrient Neutrality

Cornwall is one of many areas now affected by nutrient neutrality concerns. CEC can deliver Phosphate Impact Assessments which are suitable for planning submission. These use the Cornwall phosphate calculator and consider the impact on sensitive ecological receptors.

Small Sites BNG Metric

Recent legislation mandates that significant developments must leave nature in a better state than before, hence the term Biodiversity Net Gain. CEC has developed a programme to support developers through this complex area.

Contaminated Land

Contaminated Land is a term used to describe land containing substances which are potentially hazardous to human health or the environment. The natural geology and past industrial land uses of Cornwall mean it has a particular need for contaminated land assessments, which are often needed to accompany your planning application.


We contacted CEC as we are planning to build on our land and wanted to support the business arm of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and felt CEC would have a wide range of ecology expertise. We were not disappointed! We requested an ecological survey for planning (PEA). This identified the need for an additional species survey. The ecologists were friendly and passionate about their work. We found their knowledge to be so educational in developing and enhancing our project around the strengths of the existing habitat. For example, providing planting suggestions and how to create different habitats for various species in the new building and the landscaping. Crucially CEC also provided an easy to follow and achieve mitigation strategy for protected species during the building process. The experience has been so positive, especially with having such enthusiastic people guiding us. With biodiversity seriously declining over recent years, it is a fantastic feeling to be able to give something back to nature. We so look forward to being colonised in the future by additional species, such as bats and lizards!
Keith Barnett
Private Client – Preliminary Ecological assessment (PEA), PEA – reptile, species survey and Phosphate Impact Assessment.
“Thank you so much for all your help. You have been such a pleasure to work with and have always gone the extra mile for us. Thank you.”
Sarah Morris
Private client – Bat and Barn Owl survey.
“Many thanks for your prompt response. It was a pleasure meeting Dave and being educated on these matters.”
Martin Ade
Private Client – Bat and Nesting Birds Survey

Interested in how we can help?

We’re always happy to chat and share our experience; get in touch and let’s chat about your project, and we’ll help you to move forward.