Noctules about to emerge from a flush-cut, as seen in endoscope view.A male green woodpecker on the nest, as seen in endoscope view.A barbastelle, one of our rarest bats, roosting in a low-level frost-crack.A dormouse comes out to greet an AEcol surveyor during an assessment of subsidence-cracks on a woodland oak.A brown long-eared bat colony in an oak hazard-beam.


We have a superior knowledge of forestry and arboriculture ecology. 

 AEcol Forestry - We speak your language

We understand that plantation trees are a crop and grown to be harvested and sold for a profit. We also recognise that individual trees can be hazards to human and animal health, and property. 

Over ten years working with trees, we have performed ancient woodland and veteran tree surveys and designed and performed protected species surveys of individual problem trees,  plantation compartments, ancient and secondary semi-natural woodlands and even large-scale forest operations.

In the course of our work we've dealt with issues ranging from saproxylic invertebrates, great crested newts, smooth snakes, Schedule 1 nesting birds, dormice and tree-roosting bats.

In addition, to give foresters, woodsmen and women the information they need to make informed judgements as to how to retain biodiversity within a commercial operation, whilst retaining productivity and profitability, we’ve identified the most important areas of truly semi-natural woodland on their sites and given them common sense management advice to suit their operations.

On one occasion we were called in to assess the status of a Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) in order to advise on restoration. However, upon close inspection we were sceptical that the site deserved this high-level conservation status. By researching the history of the site using maps and archive photography we were able to challenge the sites PAWS status, and provide a body of evidence that it was unjustified.

If you need sensible and reasoned advice regarding protected species in your woodland, or an individual tree, then call AEcol; we know the difference between frost-cracking and subsidence and we understand the hazards with hazard-beams and compression-forks, so you can tell us your concerns with the confidence that we understand.

We also train foresters and arborists so if you wish you can accompany us during our survey and see for yourself what we look for and how we look for it. As we have three CS38 certified climbers on our staff, we can work with you from the floor to the canopy.

If you’re looking for an unrivalled depth of knowledge, breadth of experience and friendly service, look no further; email us at or call 01278 429290. For training click here.