The presence of an ECoW is often a requirement of planning, prior to or during construction. By having a ‘boots on the ground’ specialist, your project will always have professional and considered advice on hand to ensure issues such as protected species, pollution (water and land), surface water management, material management, are dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

Field team at work

One of the field team at work near the Olympic Park

The role of Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) covers:

  • On site pre-construction inspections with regards to habitats and species present
  • Working closely with contractors and ground staff to educate and inform
  • Provide regular reports and updates for stakeholders (including the public) and the wider project team
  • Continuous monitoring of development and construction works and the environment of the site
  • Practical and competent guidance and advice on issues that may arise
  • Identification, implementation, and maintenance of exclusion zones
  • Planning, managing, and undertaking post-construction monitoring

The APEM team oversee the management of risks when related to biodiversity, and their presence on site makes sure that delays to projects are mitigated and therefore additional costs are not incurred.

For a fast response to urgent issues on site, APEM offer a ‘Virtual’ Ecological Clerk of Works service.

Our responsive over the phone/video support is available to provide guidance on what monitoring or subsequent surveys may be required on a site. Call us on 07436 262442 or email to see how we can help.


Solutions we provide on the ground include:

  • Pollution spillage monitoring and containment
  • Silt control measures
  • Implementation of European Protected Species licences, mitigation, and monitoring
  • Fish rescues and relocations
  • Invasive species specialist advice
  • Algae control and oxygenation
  • Water quality sample collection and analysis
  • On site ‘Toolbox Talks’

Interested in booking a Toolbox Talk for your site team?

Our Toolbox Talks are free and provide an overview of the role of an ecologist on site, covering relevant legislation, demystifying the jargon, providing guidance on European Protected Species licences and permitted and prohibited working practices.  Lasting only 20 minutes, they are an interactive session and give you the opportunity to tell us what you are struggling with.

Want to find out more? Please email us and let us know where you are located and roughly how many people are on site and we’ll come straight back to you.


If you have any queries, please contact Joe Allaby or Jessica Kent, .
Alternatively you can email us here. Or call 0161 442 8938.