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  • New class for Bat Licences will offer reduced cost and a quicker turnaround

    Posted On 9 Jul 2015 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Natural England has launched a new class licence for low impact bat works. This new licencing process has been developed to streamline the bat licence process and to reduce delays and costs.

    The new Low Impact Bat Licence will allow works on developments which will have a low impact on a small number of bats, while ensuring the works are undertaken within the law.

    Natural England has selected a small number of bat licenced surveyors who are able to issue this new licence. Only 70 surveyors in the UK have been selected and we’re pleased to announce that Middlemarch’s own Nick Steggall, our Principal Technical Consultant, has made the list.

    This means Middlemarch is one of the few consultancies are able to issue Low Impact Bat Licences without further consultation with Natural England. As a result, projects will be able to proceed without the delay of the standard bat licence.

    Nick Steggall explains: “The Low Impact Bat Licence process enables our clients to gain a bat licence for their development in a reduced time, compared to the standard licencing process. Our clients won’t have costly delays while waiting for the licence to be granted. There are also reduced restrictions as to when the when works can be undertaken.”

    This new process only applies to seven species of bat in the UK and excludes maternity roosts and hibernation roosts.

    If you would like to contact Nick for further details about the Low Impact Licence please call 01676 525880 or email

    Posted In Ecology Tagged

  • Nature conservationist receives prestigious award

    Posted On 12 Jun 2015 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Stephen Martin, patron of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, was awarded the medal in recognition of his vision and determination to convert a quarry site, owned by Humberside Aggregates, into a large and complex wetland, today known as North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve. Starting out as a series of sand and gravel quarries, North Cave Wetlands is now a thriving bird reserve, with over 213 species recorded including the once highly threatened avocet breeding on site. Stephen Martin said on receiving the award: “I was thrilled to hear that we were selected for the award, but wanted to ensure it recognised the partnership consisting of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, local volunteers, Humberside Aggregates and more recently Middlemarch Environmental and their staff, the partnership that has so successfully created North Cave Wetlands.” Thanks to Stephen’s enthusiasm to make North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve a success a further agreement has been reached with Humberside Aggregates to convert further phases of the quarry into extensions of the existing nature reserve. The Cadbury Medal is an annual award given in recognition of services to nature conservation and outstanding contribution to the work of The Wildlife Trusts.

    Follow link for further information Nature conservationist receives prestigious award

    Posted In Ecology, Biodiversity Tagged

  • Middlemarch Commit to the next generation!

    Posted On 12 May 2015 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Middlemarch Environmental Ltd commit to a minimum of 5% of its staff enrolled on formal apprenticeships, sponsored students and/or graduate development schemes for the next five years. This forms part of a wide sustainability strategy to facilitate the growth of the company and show commitment to making a difference to the UK’s prosperity. 

    Ecology as a sector recognises both experience and qualifications with equal merit which is helping develop a strong futureproof sector. This will help address the country’s skills shortage and recognises the importance of developing people as both a business and social imperative. 

    Dr Phillip Fermor, Managing Director, reports that “Middlemarch have always been committed to emerging talent and supporting the next generation. By joining the 5% club we have formally declared our intentions to continue our sponsorship of these individuals and many more in future years.”

    Posted In Ecology Tagged

  • New Opportunity at Middlemarch Environmental Ltd

    Posted On 22 Jan 2015 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Ecological Consultant 

    Are you keen to use your ecological knowledge to the full in a hands-on and varied working environment?  Want the chance to live and work in a stunning part of the country?  Then this role may be just what you are looking for!

    As one of the leading ecological consultancy companies in the UK, Middlemarch Environmental provides client focused, cost effective advice and expertise on all ecological issues that occur during the planning and development process.

    The Ecological Consultant role will be based at our office in the centre of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, covering projects primarily within the midlands and north of England. Ashbourne is located within the Derbyshire Dales, at the south of the Peak District National Park and as such, offers the opportunity to live and work within an attractive location, ideal for outdoor interests.  You would be joining a small, friendly team which is led by our Associate Director, Colin Bundy.

    As a key member of the Ecology Team you will undertake a wide variety of field surveys and ensure that advice and recommendations resulting from these surveys are communicated effectively to clients through written reports and verbal communication.

    As well as a competitive salary, Middlemarch Environmental offers an exceptional bonus scheme whereby it is possible to boost your remuneration significantly.

    Holding personal protected species licences such as great crested newt and bat licences together with experience in preparing European Protected Species licence applications would be particularly advantageous. - See more at:

    For a copy of the skills/experience and accountabilities required for this role, please download the document below. Closing date for applications will be 18th February 2015.  Interviews will held on 25th February 2015 at our main office in Coventry.

    To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter by email to, or by post; FAO Ruth Green Triumph House, Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9AZ.

    Posted In Ecology, Ecology Tagged

  • New Opportunitiy at Middlemarch Environmental Ltd

    Posted On 15 Oct 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Book Keeper/ Accounts Assistant 

    Closing date: Thursday 30th October 2014

    Location: Middlemarch Environmental Ltd, Triumph House, Birmingham Road, Coventry, West Midlands CV5 9AZ

    Job ref: BKAA-14

    Bring experienced book keeping skills to one of the UK’s leading ecological consultancies.

    Middlemarch Environmental is the trading subsidiary of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. It is one of the UK’s leading ecological consultancies, providing ecological surveys for a nationwide range of clients.

    We are seeking an experienced Book keeper/Accounts Assistant to work 40 hours per week Monday to Friday.

    Day to day responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    -All aspects of the sales and purchase ledgers including scheduling BACs payments to suppliers
    -Raise and process sales invoices, receipts, payments and expenses
    -Petty cash, banking, credit cards and bank reconciliations
    -Prepayments, accruals and other nominal ledger journals through to trial balance stage
    -Credit Control
    -Occasional involvement in the payroll (to cover periods of absence)
    -First point of contact for all finance related queries

    The successful applicant will have strong book keeping experience with the ability to manage their own workload an essential as the line manager for this position is based elsewhere.

    The applicant will have excellent communication skills with a highly organised approach. An eye for detail and organisational skills are paramount. They will be proficient in the use of Sage 50 Accounts, Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.

    Experience of Sage Payroll and/or Credit Hound software would be an advantage, but is not essential as training will be provided where necessary.

    Click here for further information

    Posted In Ecology Tagged

  • Middlemarch Feature on BBC 2 -The Motorway Life In The Fast Lane

    Posted On 8 Oct 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

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    Middlemarch Environmental Ltd have been working alongside Moore Environment and the Highways Agency on a major road scheme in the Midlands.

    The project has recently featured on BBC 2 - The Motorway Life In The Fast Lane.

    The documentary includes all aspects of the motorway system, including the work Middlemarch has been undertaking on M1 Junction 19.


    Posted In Ecology, Ecology Tagged

  • Ecological Surveys – Frensham Heights – IID Architects

    Posted On 7 Jul 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Middlemarch Environmental has recently been involved in the ecological surveys required for Frensham Heights School in Hampshire. The development involved the demolition of the existing medical centre building and photography building with the construction of a new performing arts centre.

    IID Architects instructed Middlemarch to carry out the necessary ecological surveys, which involved an extended phase 1 habitat survey and bat surveys. The surveys undertaken identified that the buildings contained a summer non-maternity bat roost for a low number of common pipistrelle bats. To ensure the development progressed, Middlemarch undertook the required bat licencing works, which ensured there was no breach in the European legislation for bats. IID Architects we are able to carry on the demolition under the watchful eye of one of our licenced bat surveyors.   No bats were found in the building during the works and the buildings were demolished. IDD Architects are also building new bat roosts into the new buildings.

    Alan Brown – IID ArchitectsMiddlemarch Environmental Ltd was a great help on this project. I would like to thank the team who work on Frensham Heights Schools, as with their assistance we were able to turn the project round quickly and met the tight deadlines set by the planners. The weather did not make it easy for the team at Middlemarch, but I have appreciated their co-operation and support throughout this process, which has made a potentially frustrating exercise less painful!


    Posted In Ecology Tagged

  • BREEAM 2011 Ecology – Increasing Biodiversity in the Urban Environment

    Posted On 4 Jun 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Middlemarch Environmental Ltd has recently been involved in the redevelopment of a site in Islington. Tonkin Liu Ltd appointed Middlemarch to work as part of the consult team to develop six new office and retail units at the Old Street Yard site in Islington, London.

    The project consisted of a mix of demolition to facilitate new builds and also the refurbishment of a number of retained buildings.

    Middlemarch worked closely with Tonkin Liu Ltd and undertook the ecological surveys on sites, which included BREEAM 2011 Ecology Assessment, Initial Bat assessment and a bird risk assessment.

    The results of the surveys indicated that there would be no negative ecological impact due to the development.

    The new designs incorporated into the new and remaining buildings meant that our client had the potential to achieve 9 of the 10 ecology credits available. The new designs included a green roof and planting strategy. A green roof is typically a roof with plants growing on it. With urban development increasingly claiming areas of natural habitat, green roofs offer an opportunity to enhance biodiversity in an otherwise redundant space. The roofs are built up in layers on top of the existing roof structure with a growth substrate. Green walls are walls which are completely or partially covered by plants and foliage. Green walls can also be used to add biodiversity value and attractiveness to vertical space.

    Anna Kiu – Tonkin Liu LtdMiddlemarch Environmental Ltd was a great help on this project. The were able to advise on all ecology aspect, including how to achieve additional BREEAM ecology credits”

    Posted In BREEAM/CfSH, Ecology Tagged

  • Rail Projects at Middlemarch

    Posted On 27 Mar 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Middlemarch Environmental has been working on railway projects for the past five years. With our experienced team of consultants we undertake a range of ecological surveys and ecological implementation along the railway. With PTS and IWA trained staff we keep costs down for our clients. During works on the East-West railway IWA ecologists surveyed ahead of the vegetation clearance gangs to highlight potential issues quickly and prevent hold ups to the programme.

    Our work in Redditch included great crested newt implementation works; fencing, trapping and translocation and supervision, badger surveys, bat surveys; tree climbing and inspections prior to felling and nesting bird surveys. All of these works were completed effectively and efficiently with excellent liaison between ‘on the ground’ contractors and ecologists to ensure everyone understood the mitigation measures.

    In addition, we are trained for London Underground (LUCAS) and Docklands Light railway work, enabling us to deal with ecology in London. The greenway contract involved bats with surveys required during night shifts when access to difficult areas was possible, this included abseiling off a bridge!

    With our offices spread across the country Middlemarch Environmental are easily situated for National coverage and have experience in dealing with both local and national statutory bodies such as Natural England and local authorities to help ease liaison on complex sites all over the country.

    Posted In Ecology Tagged

  • Ten New Ecological Consultant Jobs Recruited in 2014 at Middlemarch!

    Posted On 10 Feb 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

    In order to meet the exacting demands of our growing client database Middlemarch Environmental has successfully created ten new positions across the UK, including Derby, Coventry, Hampshire and London.

    Middlemarch is one of the UKs leading ecological consultancies, with seven regional offices. As a company we have always been a strong believer in investing in new people. These ten new jobs will not only widen our services across the UK, but also capture new skills and abilities within the company and our regionalisation strategy is putting us closer to our clients sites.

    Dr Philip Fermor – Managing Director, said;

    “This a fantastic time for the company, this new investment of people will bring a higher level of efficiency to the company. Our aim is to ensure we meet the demand of clients across the UK with our team of highly skilled consultants. The company now has seven regional offices, ensuring we can be on site quickly to help our clients get their ecology surveys completed in time to meet tight planning deadlines.”

    For further information about our Ecological Consultants, please follow the link

    Posted In Ecology Tagged