Terrestrial Ecology

Overview

Our Terrestrial Ecology team offers all the services required to meet your regulatory and non-regulatory needs. The team consults with our aquatic ecologists, freshwater scientists, technical specialists, planners, engineers and advisors to provide you with a comprehensive view.

We specialise in survey and assessment of vegetation and wildlife. This includes identifying potential issues and opportunities to assist you through the Resource Management Act.

Our ecologists are often involved from the earliest stages of a project. They conduct ecological surveys, effects assessments, provide ecological input into engineering considerations and can provide mitigation and offsetting advice, if required.

As technical experts, they attend hearings and Environment Court, prepare and implement management plans and monitor compliance to ensure consent conditions are met.

Our terrestrial ecology services include:

  • Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) and Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA)
  • Terrestrial ecological assessments, surveys and monitoring – in forest, agriculture and wetland ecosystems and wildlife including birds, lizards, bats and invertebrates
  • Ecosystem services evaluations
  • Design and implementation of Ecological Management Plans – fauna management plans (bats, birds, lizards), pest management and riparian planting design
  • Fauna Management – Threatened species surveys (bats, birds, lizards, frogs and invertebrates), habitat assessments, salvage and relocation, monitoring and radio-tracking
  • Wildlife handlers – DoC approved bat ecologists (survey and handling) and DoC approved lizard specialists
  • Significant Ecological Area (SEA) and Significant Natural Area (SNA) assessments
  • Hearing and Environment Court – expert witness and certified Independent Commissioners
  • GIS and vegetation mapping using UAV drones and multi-spectral analysis
  • Ecological restoration – restoration and mitigation plans, habitat enhancement and land rehabilitation advice
  • Riparian management and planting plans
  • Biosecurity – kauri dieback and myrtle rust management

Check out some of our recent terrestrial ecology projects (coming soon)