Tamar Clients and Case Studies

Tamar Ecology and Westcountry Rivers Ltd have an established, varied and growing client base, including renewable energy companies, housing developers, architects, utility companies, local authorities and private landowners.

Case Studies

Brief case study examples are provided below, with links to more detailed case study profiles for each project:

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys – Tamar Ecology was commissioned by South West Water (SWW) Ltd to undertake ecological surveys and impact assessments at a suite of sites throughout Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.  The surveys were required to inform a programme of improvement works driven by the European Union revised Bathing Waters Directive.

Ecological Impact Assessment and Habitat Regulations Assessment – Tamar Ecology were commissioned by architects and town planners Stride Treglown Ltd to provide ecological input and advice into the planning application and associated Environmental Impact Assessment for the Queen’s Drive Leisure Area (Exmouth Splash) in Exmouth.

Ecological Impact Assessment including specialist Ornithological and Botanical Assessments –  Tamar Ecology were commissioned by Porthia Ltd in October 2012 to carry out an Ecological Appraisal of a site at Gonwin Farm, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, in order to inform a proposed planning application for an urban extension at the site, which lies adjacent to the Hayle Estuary and Carrick Gladden Site of Special Scientific Interest. Further surveys included wintering birds, bats and badger.

Phase 2 surveys of historical building – Tamar Ecology were appointed by Historic Building Consultants Rodney Melville and Partners Ltd on behalf of the owners to undertake a Bat and Barn Owl survey at Sydenham House, Marystowe, Devon in February 2013. The works were required to inform a planning application to restore the 17th century Grade I listed building that was badly damaged in a fire in November 2012. Tamar Ecology has worked with Rodney Melville and their contractors throughout various phases of the works, advising in relation to associated planning permissions and Listed Building Consents, and to inform the on-going restoration process with relation to environmental considerations.

BREEAM – Tamar Ecology was commissioned by Midas Construction Ltd to assess the BREEAM Land Use and Ecology credits for a new dental school at Derriford, Plymouth. The school achieved an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating for its environmental enhancement of the site.  Tamar Ecology undertook a number of ecological surveys and assessments at the site, including habitat, botanical and reptile surveys. The results were used to inform the design of the scheme to minimise ecological impacts and enhance the ecological interest of the site.

Phase 2 surveys (bats) –  Tamar Ecology has undertaken ecological surveys and provided ecological advice for the flagship Kresen Kernow project in Redruth, Cornwall. Demolition of numerous buildings will form an enabling step for the redevelopment of the derelict brewery complex, which currently comprises approximately 45 buildings in various states of disrepair. Tamar Ecology has compiled and submitted a Natural England bat licence application to undertake demolition of buildings containing bat roosts. Historically important buildings will be renovated as part of the proposals, including the Brewhouse and chimney.  Alongside this work, there will be a flagship new archive building, together with open public spaces and new residential and retail properties.  


Some examples of the clients we have worked for are listed below:

Public sector
Cornwall County Council
Plymouth City Council
East Devon District Council
Natural England
Environment Agency

Pell Frischmann
Scott Wilson / URS

Construction – including renewable energy, housing, utilities and transport sectors
South West Water
David Wilson Homes
Dean and Dyball
Carillion Regional Construction
George Wimpey
Four Delivery
Linden Homes
Royal Haskoning

Stride Treglown
pdp Green
RTL Architects
Poynton Bradbury associates
Bazeley partnership
Kendall Kingscott
Walters and Cohen
Rodney Melville & Partners
Architects Design Partnership