Consultancy

Consultancy

London Wildlife Trust is able to provide specific ecological advisory services through our consultancy.  These services help us to achieve our objectives to secure nature’s recovery across London; our key driver is to tangibly influence planning, development, landscape design and management so to embed nature-based solutions into the philosophy of regeneration and new developments.  By so doing we aim to enhance our city to be better for wildlife and our well-being.  Any surplus we generate through our consultancy is reinvested into the Trust’s work.

Our experienced landscape ecologists work with inter-disciplinary design teams to support key aspects of master planning, landscape design, engineering and land management and ensure robust net gains for biodiversity.  We have long-standing experience and expertise of the policy and delivery frameworks for nature in London.  are able to provide biodiversity advice on planning applications, undertake Biodiversity Net Gain assessments, undertake habitat surveys, including reviews of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation, and importantly broker the disconnections between ecological policy compliance and landscape design.

We work with organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors, and by taking a strategic approach to ecological enhancement, we have an exceptional insight into the complexities, constraints and opportunities for securing biodiversity and green infrastructure enhancement in London.

Services we offer

Assessments/surveys:

  • Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)
  • Urban Greening Factor (UGF)
  • Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)
  • Phase 1 Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)
  • Habitat surveys
  • SINC/Wildlife site surveys & reviews

Design:

  • Green roof plans
  • Living wall plans
  • SuDs (eg, swales, rain gardens)
  • Bird & bat boxes, bug ‘hotels’
  • Planting plans

Management advice:

  • Species
  • Habitats (eg wildflower meadows, planted woodland, green roofs)

Click here to view a more extensive list of our services

Selected recent projects

Cator Park, Kidbrooke

Cator Park, Kidbrooke

Kidbrooke Village

Having developed a strong partnership with Berkeley Homes in the design and regeneration of Woodberry Down and Woodberry Wetlands in Hackney, London Wildlife Trust was commissioned to review and evolve the masterplan for Cator Park at Kidbrooke Village.  

The Trust worked closely with landscape architects and civil engineers to introduce a rich mosaic of habitats and vegetation types to increase the ecological value and achieve Berkeley Homes’ commitment to biodiversity net gain. The Trust also ensured local community engagement with nature through on-site interpretation and volunteering, and they engaged the Council’s planning and parks teams to ensure the project extended the green infrastructure network beyond the site boundaries. 

Canada Water Masterplan _Dock View_01 © Townshend Landscape Architects

Canada Water Masterplan Dock View Credit Townshend Landscape Architects

Canada Water

British Land has commissioned London Wildlife Trust as strategic ecologists for their large-scale Canada Water regeneration project. London Wildlife Trust support the development of a landscape strategy to ensure the generation of ecologically-rich green infrastructure and a biodiversity net gain across the site, including the enhancement of Canada Water dock, a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. 

Kings Cross Green Roof

King's Cross Green Roof credit Tony Whileman 

King’s Cross

King’s Cross is one of the largest and most high-profile developments in London. As part of the site-wide landscape strategy, London Wildlife Trust has been commissioned by Argent LLP to develop an Urban Greening assessment and ongoing monitoring and evaluation programme to establish the success of the strategy and make practical improvements where necessary. 

Meridian Water Black Point Design

Black Point Design 

Meridian Water

London Wildlife Trust have been appointed by Enfield Council to assist in developing the Meridian Water masterplan with specific reference to nature and biodiversity. Having assessed the open spaces and the Council’s draft masterplan, London Wildlife Trust continue to provide the Meridian Water design team with tangible guidance and ideas on how nature can provide added value to the development. 

Find out more

We are happy to look at your project in more detail and discuss how we can help. Email consult@wildlondon.org.uk

History and context

Our consultancy was first established in the 1980s, initially as a trading arm of the Trust, London Conservation Services. It was brought in-house in 2005 [CHECK], and as fully part of the charity has moved over time towards our current focus on ecological advisory services.  Our team works closely with other Wildlife Trust consultancies on strategic approaches, and can bring in specific expertise from them according to the specific commission.

Governance

The consultancy is a team currently overseen by the Trust’s Director of Development, whom reports to the Trust’s Board of Trustees.

The Trust retains a trading arm, London Wildlife Limited, which manages our café at Woodberry Wetlands and, from 2021, also at Camley Street Natural Park.

Frequently asked questions

Where do the profits go?

As a charity the Trust cannot generate profit, but any surplus we generate from our consultancy is reinvested back into the Trust. The consultancy’s financial management is audited as part of the Trust’s annual accounts.

Working with developers

We are acutely aware that new development can be a driver of biodiversity loss within London. The Trust campaigns and advocates through our policy work to ensure that planning, guidance and legislation will result in minimising that loss and securing net gains for biodiversity.  Whilst the trajectory of planning policy has been mostly in an environmentally positive direction over the past 40 years, the pressures of London’s growth (meaning 66,000 homes to be built a year through to 2041) still require expert advice to guide development to secure gains for biodiversity. For this reason we will only work with developers who wish to contribute to nature’s recovery through high quality nature-based plan and designs.

We also offer opportunities for organisations to contribute to our work as a corporate supporter.

Conflicts of interest?

The Trust will not work on commissions which we believe cannot result in net gains for biodiversity, and/or merely to secure planning permission.  We will, where possible, object to planning proposals that would result in significant damage or loss to wildlife habitats or key species’ populations.