B.A.T. Ecological
Bat Surveys, Ecological Consultancy, Protected Species, Ecological Appraisals, Habitat Surveys, EcIA, Bat Licence, Mitigation, Nottingham, Midlands, UK, Experts, Professional, Bats, Ecology, CIEEM, BCT, Bat Research, PEA, Bat Reports
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Ecological Consultancy - Protected Species Surveys, Bat Surveys, Ecological Appraisals

B.A.T. Ecological is an independent professional practice that specialises in bat survey and consultancy work, including research, conservation, built heritage and advanced survey projects. By collaborating with a network of experienced practioners across the UK B.A.T. Ecological can also provide various other expert ecological and arboricultural services

B.A.T. Ecological

B.A.T. Ecological is a new independent ecological consultancy founded by an experienced ecological consultant, Matt Cook BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM. Matt works collaboratively with other experienced ecologists and arborists to deliver expert, professional support to your project.


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+44 (0) 7870 157022


PRINCIPAL ecologist and Proprietor

Matt Cook

Matt is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. He is a consultant ecologist specialising in protected species survey and consultancy work, particularly regarding bats, but he has also undertaken various other ecological appraisal, impact assessment, reporting and project management work over the 11+ years that he has been in professional practice.

Matt has previously worked for several multi-national, multi-discipline environmental firms, including as a Principal Ecological Consultant, and he has also worked for consultancies providing bespoke, purely ecological services. He has therefore acquired the know-how to deliver expert ecological support to a range of projects and clients having managed projects for many private developers and homeowners, and large organisations operating in the utilities, leisure, minerals, transport, residential and commercial development sectors. Matt has also worked on and managed important contracts for local and central government, managed several projects where there are both built and natural heritage considerations, and he also leads voluntary bat research and conservation projects.


Relevant Qualifications

Natural England advanced bat survey class licenses 1 to 4, including the use of harp traps, mist nets and acoustic lures, and radio-tagging

Natural England Bats in Churches Class Licence (advanced level 2)

Natural England Bat Mitigation (formerly Low Impact) Class Licence

Natural England European Protected Species derogation licence Named Ecologist

Natural England Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor Trainer (Level 2)

Natural England great crested newt survey Class licence

Natural England barn owl nest inspection licence (all counties)

Natural Resources Wales bat survey licence

NPTC Level 2 (CS38) tree climbing (and aerial rescue)

Construction Skills Certification Scheme and Industry Common Induction Accredited

Personal Track Safety (DCCR) certified for rail work

First aid trained




MSc Biodiversity Surveying

BSc (Hons) Geography