Matt Sutton Ecology

We supplement our farm income with off-farm ecological consultancy work across west Wales and beyond. Matt Sutton Ecology was established by Matt and Vicky in 2011 after Matt took voluntary redundancy from his job as Senior Conservation Officer with the Countryside Council for Wales in Pembrokeshire (our past experiences detailed here). Our ecological consultancy provides:

  • a conservation land management ‘design and build’ service (in conjunction with specialist conservation contractor AJB Contracting) ON THE JOB FOOTAGE here
  • high quality habitat surveys – including NVC, Phase I, extended Phase I and Preliminary Ecological Assessments (for building developments, wind turbines, hydro-power, solar farms etc.)
  • One Planet Development ecological surveys
  • Biodiversity and Landscape Enhancement Plans
  • Protected Species work – reptile surveys, bat surveys, bird surveys, bryophyte surveys, rare plant surveys, otter surveys
  • specialist vegetation or species monitoring, including NVC / Phase II and ‘Common Standards Monitoring’
  • ecological advice to landowners

Recent work has included:

  • Numerous Bat Scoping and Activity Surveys
  • Meadow and Wetlands Conservation training days (People’s Orchard of St Dogmaels)
  • NVC Survey at Esgair Mwyn lead mine, Ceredigion (Natural Resources Wales)
  • Survey for Multi-fruited River Moss Dendrocryphaea lamyana on Afon Teifi (Ceredigion County Council)
  • Otter Survey, Newcastle Emlyn (Private client)
  • Bat Tree Assessments, Llandewi Velfrey (BioCensus)
  • Pond creation in north Pembrokeshire (Private client)
  • Turf-roofing a timber barn near Haverfordwest (Private client)
  • Design and implementation of a forest garden and meadow re-creation project in Pembrokeshire (Private client)
  • Orchard pruning (Private clients)
  • SSSI Management Agreement negotiations with NRW on behalf of a SSSI owner in Ceredigion (Natural Resources Wales)
  • Saltmarsh vegetation monitoring on Welsh SACs, in conjunction with Matt Pickard Ecology (Natural Resources Wales)
  • Breeding bird survey, habitat survey and protected species surveys at Llys-y-fran Reservoir, Pembs (BioCensus / Welsh Water)
  • Numerous surveys for One Planet Development applications in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire
  • Cordwood and cob wall-building in bird hide, Carmarthenshire (Private client)
  • Installation of 14 square metres of green roof on a new build in north Pembrokeshire, using locally sourced growing medium and plugs of native Pembrokeshire coastal plants (Private client)
  • Installation of 120 square metres of green roof on a new build in north Pembrokeshire, using locally sourced growing medium and plugs of native Pembrokeshire coastal plants (Private client)
  • Translocation of marshy grassland turf from a development site in Carmarthenshire (Private client / Carmarthenshire County Council)
  • St Kilda Green Roof Design (Galliford Try)
  • Coronation Meadows – wildflower meadow restoration and monitoring (Plantlife)
  • Farmland Bird and Plant Survey (National Trust)
  • Penlan Heathland Re-creation Project – Extended Phase I Survey, Provisional NVC and Condition Assessment & Recommendations for Future Management (Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority)
  • Assessment of Non-Designated Grassland Sites in Wales (NRW)
  • NVC Survey, Condition Assessment and Management Recommendations for Valero Grasslands (Biodiversity Solutions)
  • Pond creation and meadow restoration for a private client in Carmarthenshire
  • The Marloes Coast Project – Conservation work at Trehill Farm, Marloes 2003-2015 (National Trust)
  • Dyfi Grasslands – Identifying and mapping species-rich grasslands within the Dyfi catchment 2015 (Natural Resources Wales)
  • Three-lobed water crowfoot Ranunculus tripartitus in Pembrokeshire survey work 2015 (Freshwater Habitats Trust).
  • Welsh Conservation Grazing Case Studies (NRW)
  • ‘Wildlife on your Farm’ surveys, with land management and conservation grant advice for landowners in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion
  • NVC survey of Stackpole NNR (CCW)
  • A Survey of Summit Vegetation on Pumlumon SSSI (CCW)
  • Habitat Restoration for Southern Damselfly on Anglesey (CCW)
  • Monitoring the Southern Damselfly on Anglesey SAC (CCW)
  • Meadow and Pond Restoration for a private client in Pembrokeshire
  • Numerous Extended Phase I / Ecological walkover surveys for on-farm wind turbines in Pembrokeshire and across Wales
  • Numerous Extended Phase I / Ecological walkover surveys for building developments in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire
  • Pre-development invertebrate surveys
  • Reptile Surveys