Applied Ecology is an independent ecological consultancy providing pragmatic and timely ecological solutions to clients across the UK.

We offer a complete range of ecology services and surveys, applying over 25 years professional experience alongside the latest ecological survey and assessment best practice guidance.

We support projects across all key business sectors on behalf of a large range of client types including: residential and commercial developers; utility companies; planning and environmental consultants; planning authorities; education establishments; building and landscape architects; nature conservation organisations; landowners; farmers and individuals.

Dr Duncan Painter set-up Applied Ecology in 2005 and is the Managing Director of the company.  He has over 30 years working experience as a professional ecologist and manages the Cambridge office.  Duncan is an aquatic ecologist by academic background, a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, and a Chartered Environmentalist.  He is a generalist ecologist with expertise in aquatic ecosystems and protected species survey and mitigation planning/implementation.  He is also an experienced expert witness having given ecological evidence at various planning inquiries.

Dr Rachel Hirst has managed the Applied Ecology Glasgow office since 2012 and has over 25 years working experience as a professional ecologist. Rachel is a botanist with a particular interest in ecological impact assessment, restoration ecology and biodiversity policy, planning and research. Rachel is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and was one of the first Chartered Ecologists in Scotland.  She also holds Chartered Environmentalist status and is an assessor of applications to the CEcol Register.  Rachel also provides expert witness services for planning inquiry.


Able UK Limited

Accent Housing Limited

Aitchison Developments

Albert Bartlett & Sons (Airdrie ) Limited

Anchor Hanover

Ascot Racecourse Limited

Aviva Life & Pensions Limited

Away Resorts

BAM Construction Ltd (Scotland)

Banks Renewables Limited

Barratt Eastern Counties

Bellway Homes Ltd

Bovis Homes Limited

Bowmer and Kirkland Limited

BPHA Limited


Brasenose College, Oxford

British Gas Solar

Bushmead Homes Limited

Caledonia Housing Association

Cambridge City Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

Castleoak Group

Christian P Candy

Christ’s College, Cambridge

City of Edinburgh Council

Clowes Developments (UK) Limited

Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

Corpus Christie College, Cambridge

Coventry University

Cranfield University

Crown Estate

Denton Homes Limited

Diageo Pension Trust Limited

Downing College, Cambridge

Drumardoch Estate

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership

East Midlands Waste Management Limited

East Renfrewshire Council

EDF Energy Renewables Limited

Escrick Development Company Limited

Ely Cathedral

Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Endurance Estates Limited

Engie Regeneration Limited


Escrick Park Estate

Essex County Council

Exeter College, Oxford

Falkirk Council

Friends of Friendless Churches

Gallagher Estates

Galliford Try

Girton College, Cambridge

Gladman Developments

Glasgow City Council

H E Styles

Habitat for Humanity

Hanson UK

Highgate School


Homerton College, Cambridge

Hopkins Homes Limited

Imperial War Museums

Inspired Villages

Inverclyde Council

Inverness Airport Business Park

Jesus College, Cambridge

Jockey Club Estates Limited

Johnsons Aggregates & Recycling Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Kent Wildlife Trust

Keppie Design

King’s College, Cambridge

L&Q Estates Limited

Lanrick Estates

Laimond Property Investment Co. Limited

Legal and General (Pensions Management) Limited

Linden Homes

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority

Mace Limited

Magdalene College, Cambridge

Marylebone Cricket Club

Matthew Homes Limited

Mick George Limited

Moray Estates Development Company

Morrison Construction

Natural England

Nicholas King Developments Plc

North Ayrshire Council

North Lanarkshire Council

Oakman Inns & Restaurants Limited

OMYA UK Limited

Oxford University Estates Services

P J Thory Limited

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Limited

Parkhead Housing Association Limited

Pembroke College, Cambridge

Perse School

Peterhouse College, Cambridge

Powerday PLC

Quarryplan (GB) Limited

R G Carter

R J Mcleod (Contractors) Limited

R&A Golf and Leisure Limited

Rangeford Villages

Renfrewshire Council

Ricardo Limited

River Clyde Homes

Royal Veterinary College

Roxhill Developments Limited

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Sea Change Sussex

Sedas Strategic Land

Shurgard UK Limited

Sir Robert McAlpine Limited

South Cambridgeshire District Council

South Lanarkshire Council


St Anne’s College, Oxford

St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

St Edmunds College, Cambridge

St Hilda’s College, Oxford

St John’s College, Cambridge

Standard Life Assurance Limited

Stantec UK Limited

Stewart Milne Homes Scotland

Sue Ryder


Tattersalls Limited

Toureen Group

Trinity College, Cambridge

Turnstone Estates

UK Land

University of Cambridge Estates Management

Uttlesford District Council

Vinci Construction Limited

Wadham College, Oxford

West Dumbartonshire Council

Wienerberger Limited

Wilson Renewables LLP

Willmott Dixon Construction Limited

Woolgar Hunter

WSP UK Limited

York St John University

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Anderson Bell Christie

Ascot Design

Ares Landscape Architects Ltd

Barker Associates

BB&C Architects Limited

Bere Architects

Bell Cornwell LLP


Calderpeel Architects

Cameron Bosque Architects Limited

Carter Jonas

Chartplan Limited

Churchman Thornhill Finch

Cookson & Tickner Ltd

CPC Project Services LLP

Eclipse Planning Services

Evolution Town Planning Limited

Freeland Rees Roberts Architects

Fulkers Bailey Russell

Henry Riley LLP

Hortus Collective

Ian Waters Design Limited


Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects

Knight Frank

Kyle Smart Associates


Navigate Planning Limited

Norton Studio Architects

Pegasus Group

R H Partnership Architects

Turnberry Consulting

LDA Design

Michael Sparks Associates

Nicholas Phillips Architects Ltd

Perpetua in Perpetuum Limited

PJB Planning Limited

Place Services

Priory Heritage Historic Buildings Consultants

Richard Utting Associates LLP

Ridge and Partners LLP

The Design Partnership (Ely) Limited

SBRice Limited


Studio Cullinan and Buck Architects Limited

Snell David Limited


2110 Consult

Tate + Co Architects


Trundley Design Limited


Twenty-Nine Architecture Limited


Woods Hardwick Planning Limited


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