Global biodiversity specialist



Construction News Awards 2015 presentation done!

Last week, Mike Harris, Commercial Manager, and Tim Donoyou, GIS Manager, presented to the judging panel of the Construction News Awards 2015. We had been shortlisted in the Company Innovation of the Year category for our TIM initiative - Thomson Interactive Mapping.


Thomson Ecology analyse data to help research into scallop fishing intensity

In collaboration with the Welsh Fishermen’s Association, the Fisheries and Conservation Science Group of Bangor University undertook an experimental survey to determine effects of scallop fishing intensity within the Cardigan Bay SAC.


Principal ecologist, Phil Lomax, discusses green infrastructure

Phil Lomax, Principal Ecologist at Thomson Ecology, has spoken to PlacemakingResource about the removal of green infrastructure guidelines. The article discusses the question of where the decision to remove the guidance would leave the future of green infrastructure in England.


Interactive mapping transforms ecology management

TIM (Thomson Interactive Mapping) - our state of the art geospatial technology connects our field ecologists out on site with our clients in their office and with our project managers at base. Our contract with Thomson Habitats to undertake vegetation clearance of the mothballed section of the East West Rail route has hugely benefitted from using TIM.


Regulatory assessments for licensing marine works: less is more

Assessing the environmental impacts of marine works is challenging, due to the many combinations of effects and impacts that can potentially affect multiple marine species, populations, habitats and nature conservation areas.


Fish rescue enquiries increase from the construction industry

The construction industry is forecast to grow by 23 % over the next four years and already Thomson Ecology is seeing a rise in fish rescue projects.


Smart phones and YouTube may verify benefits in Wadi Hanifah restoration

Recently, specialists from Thomson Ecology travelled to Riyadh, to advise the Arriyadh Development Authority on the biodiversity in the Al Ha’ir Lakes, part of the Wadi Hanifah Restoration Project. Researchers have been tracking the position of the local water table by using cave-wall graffiti in the Dahl Hith caves, as seen in YouTube videos.


Marine consultancy demand growing

Demand for marine consultancy is growing and our consultants have been commissioned on a wide variety of work including Water Framework Directive assessments for multiple construction and dredging works in the Thames, enabling our clients to gain marine licences and proceed with their projects.


Post-development monitoring

Picture this: a development site, construction finished; the standard of construction is excellent; the site is clean, tidy and being used for its intended purpose. Job done?


If you are a project manager in infrastructure, renewables, energy or construction then this is the event for you!

Due to the success of our recent BIM workshop, we are again joining our partner, Wessex Archaeology, to host another workshop to explore the BIM compatibility of ecology and archaeology for large construction projects.


Main parties pledge creation of largest marine protection zones in the world

The Independant newspaper reported that The creation of the largest marine protection area in the world will be pledged by the Labour Party as part of its “green plan” to be carried out under an Ed Miliband government.


Construction growth slows amid general election jitters

Confidence for year ahead is at a nine-year high but PMI survey suggests companies are delaying spending decisions until after 7 May poll. Housebuilders, commercial builders, and civil engineers all reported slowing output growth last month, with the rise in new orders also easing compared with February.


Thomson Unicomarine assists with important fish identifications

Our fisheries experts have been assisting the Environment Agency with the identification of grey mullet fish species, the thick-lipped mullet, thin-lipped mullet and golden grey mullet. We dissected each grey mullet specimen and examined pyloric caeca to identify each fish.


Thomson Ecology shortlisted for the Construction News Awards 2015

We are delighted to announce that Thomson Ecology has been shortlisted for the Construction News Awards 2015.


Ten new Graduates start at Thomson Ecology this week

Thomson Ecology has been running its highly regarded Graduate Training and Experience Programme since 2007.


Thomson Ecology works on Humber Gateway projects

Thomson Ecology has been involved in wind farm projects in the Humber area for over five years and has undertaken ecological surveys for two offshore wind farms in the region.


Ash die back continues to spread

The latest data published by the Foresty Commission has shown that ash die back has continued to spread.


A submerged ancient forest has been found by divers off the coast of Norfolk.

This is close to an area in which Thomson Unicomarine has recently completed an extensive seabed survey.


Update in policy to help increase eel stocks

The European eel (Anguilla anguilla) has suffered huge stock declines over the years caused by migration barriers, water quality, disease and fishing pressures.


Water vole release success story

Darren Tansley at the Essex Wildlife Trust recently updated us on the progress of a population of water voles in their new location on the River Colne.


Natural England commission Thomson Ecology to undertake bird decline investigations

We have been commissioned by Natural England to undertake an investigation into the effect of human recreational activity on bird declines in areas of the Wirral.


"BIM and the 'ologies" breakfast workshop

On the 2nd December project managers and environmental specialists from a range of top UK companies attended an informative event about the future of Building Information Modelling (BIM).


How to assess biodiversity in planning applications

Jon Bannon and Tim Buckland recently explained to local authority staff how to assess how well planning applications deal with biodiversity.


Saudi government commissions Thomson Ecology

A team from Thomson Ecology, were recently consulted by the Arriyadh Development Authority on biodiversity in the Al Ha’ir Lakes; part of the Wadi Hanifah Restoration Project.


Nancy Thomson on the Young Enterprise panel of "Dragons"

For the third year, Thomson Ecology’s CEO, Nancy Thomson, is appearing on the panel of “Dragons” at the Guildhall in Guildford this week as part of the Young Enterprise Dragons’ Den event.


"BIM and the 'ologies" breakfast workshop update

Our “BIM and the ‘ologies” breakfast workshop is now fully subscribed, but you can be added to our reserve list.


Thomson Ecology receives Green Apple Award

Thomson Ecology and Crossrail were proud to receive a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice at the House of Commons yesterday.


Introducing the Temporary Exclusion Channel (TEC)

On sites where we have installed newt or reptile fencing, where there is a need for access to inside the fenced area, we have found clients often need a product which can act as an alternative to conventional wildlife fence gates.


Solar farm soft landscaping

Thomson Habitats is providing soft landscaping features around a new solar farm which has been built to provide renewable energy on previously cultivated land in Wiltshire.


Thomson Ecology's Head of Geospatial delivered a presentation at ICE BIM 2014

Tim Donoyou, Head of Geospatial at Thomson Ecology delivered a talk at the ICE BIM 2014 conference, which included presentations from the top names in the industry.


"BIM and the 'ologies" breakfast workshop

If you are a project manager in infrastructure, renewables, energy or construction, you need to hear this!


Thomson Habitats are RISQS qualified

Thomson Habitats have achieved the RISQS (Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) qualification (formerly known as Achilles Link-up).


Thomson Ecology at the top!

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary, a team of 10 Thomson Ecology staff members successfully conquered three of the highest peaks in the British Isles, raising money for the Guildford and Leeds branches of the YMCA.


The winner of the 2014 Thomson Ecology Photography Competition has been announced!

Our panel of judges have chosen the winning image from hundreds of entries sent in from all over the world.


eDNA detects biomass of protected species

This year, following our participation in teaching part of the MSc course on Ecological Applications at Imperial College, we supported two students undertaking MSc research projects.


Brave new world of eDNA

Time and money spent on GCN surveys can be greatly reduced through eDNA sequencing by reducing the requirement for multi-visit surveys.


The Thomson Ecology Photography Competition 2014 closes soon!

This year’s photography competition has been even more fascinating than previous years because for the first year ever, we have encouraged international entries.


Sunday Times features Nancy Thomson

Thomson Ecology’s founder and CEO, Nancy Thomson, was featured in the ‘How I made it’ section of the Sunday Times on 7th September 2014.


Land Rover Monthly features Thomson Ecology

The August issue of Land Rover Monthly featured an article entitled Eco Defenders describing how Landrovers are a vital part of the Thomson Ecology tool kit.


Habitat creation team busier than ever

The contracting arm of our business, Thomson Habitats, have had an exceptionally busy summer managing development works for a wide range of clients.


Take your next career step with us

We are currently recruiting for some varied and interesting positions within the company at several locations.


Thomson Ecology tasked to survey visitors

Thomson Ecology is undertaking a visitor survey in an area of forest and heathland in Dorset to assess visitor numbers. The survey, which was requested by Natural England, will inform an EIA for a major cable route project.


Natural flood defences can help protect our coast and rivers

Daniel Bastreri, principal marine consultant, contrasts the different man-made and natural solutions that may help to solve the difficult issue of flooding.


Potential new housing development requires tree surveys

Thomson Ecology Arboriculture recently undertook tree surveys as part of an Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for a potential new housing development in East Sussex.


Thomson Ecology Photography Competition 2014

We are delighted to announce the 2014 Thomson Ecology Photography Competition! The competition is entitled “Water In Our Natural Environment”.


Our award-winning geospatial team demo TIM for real-time interactive mapping in a new short film.

The award-winning team have introduced their new web app, TIM (Thomson Interactive Mapping), in a new film short available to view now.


Ecologists educate pupils on protected species of local site.

Some of our ecologists have been invited by John Sandy, Chairman of the Cycle Jumps group and school Governor at Rodborough School, to talk to pupils from the school about the ecology of a site that we are surveying.


Our arboriculture team leader talks to Essential Arb about work at Thomson Ecology.

Thomson Ecology’s arboriculture team leader, Sam Lowe, recently explained to Essential Arb what his job involves for an article in the Spring 2014 issue.


Thomson Ecology to use cutting edge eDNA survey techniques to detect presence of Great Crested Newts.

A pioneering environmental DNA (eDNA) technique for detecting the presence of great crested newts (GCN) has been approved by Natural England.


Thomson Ecology exhibits at Global Offshore Wind 2014 on Stand 74

Thomson Ecology and its marine division Thomson Unicomarine will be exhibiting on Stand 74 at the 13th Global Offshore Wind 2014 conference and exhibition at the SECC, Glasgow, on 11-12 June 2014.


Staff raise over £1500 for the Guildford YMCA

Last week Thomson Ecology presented a cheque to Pete Brayne from Guildford YMCA raised through fund-raising activities over the last six months.


Thomson Ecology and Wessex Archaeology work together

We recently helped our archaeology consultancy partners, Wessex Archaeology, on excavations in Wiltshire and Somerset.


How GIS Technology Is Revolutionising Ecology Management On Britian's Railways

Rail Connect magazine recently published an article featuring Thomson Ecology's Technology Lead, Tim Donoyou, addressing how GIS technology is aiding Britain's railways ecology management.


Thomson Ecology continues NMBAQC:fish component

Thomson Ecology is pleased to announce that it has won a contract from the Environment Agency to continue managing the fish component of the National Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control scheme (NMBAQC).


Leanne completes the London Marathon!

Ecologist, Leanne Wall ran the London Marathon on Sunday 13th April, to raise money for the YMCA. She describes the experience in her own words.


Thomson Ecology's Graduate Programme creates 10 new positions

Following the successful promotion of the 2013 Graduate Ecologists to Assistant Ecologists, Thomson Ecology has created 10 new jobs through their heavily over-subscribed 2014 Graduate Programme.


Unicomarine wins prestigious Government contracts

Thomson Unicomarine, the marine arm of leading UK ecology consultancy Thomson Ecology, has won a three year contract with the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (Afbi)...


Winged Wonders - The Ultimate Guide To Bats

Our infographic is the ultimate guide to bats, packed full of interesting facts about these little known mammals.


Impact of climate change debated at All Party Parliamentary Group on Biodiversity

Regional manager, David Matthews, was at the last meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Biodiversity on behalf of Nancy Thomson, Thomson Ecology’s chief executive, who is a standing member of the Group.


Preserving biodiversity on Britain’s railways – an ecologist’s view

Thomson Ecology's Rail Sector Lead David Prŷs-Jones looks at preserving biodiversity on Britain's railways in Rail Professional magazine.


Coastal Futures 2014 conference

Thomson Ecology sponsored the Coastal Futures 2014 Conference, which took place at the University of London on the 22nd and 23rd January.


Innovative use of geospatial technology wins industry award for Thomson Ecology

The pioneering use of geospatial technology has won Thomson Ecology an award for innovation and best practice from the Association for Geographic Information.


Eyebrow-raising jumpers and onesies raise cash for YMCA

Staff from some of the cutting-edge science firms in Guildford donned onesies for a local charity, as reported in the Surrey Advertiser.


Thomson Ecology's technical director collates data for the UK bird Atlas

Richard Arnold organised and undertook surveys and managed data in the South London Region for the Bird Atlas 2007-2011, published by BTO Books this month.


Thomson Ecology's chairman takes part in Young Enterprise event

Thomson Ecology’s chairman, Nancy Thomson, appeared at The Guildhall in Guildford on the panel of “Dragons”, on behalf of the charity, Young Enterprise on November 20th.


Marine Scientist publishes feature on Ruth Barnich and top scientists at Thomson Unicomarine

We are delighted that one of our highly respected Principal Taxonomists, Dr Ruth Barnich has been profiled in the latest edition of Marine Scientist magazine which is out this month (November).


Osprey image wins top spot in wildlife photography competition

A striking image of an Osprey catching its prey has won top spot in the Thomson Ecology 2013 Photography Competition.


Thomson Ecology to provide strategic advice for East West Rail

Network Rail has brought in specialist ecology consultancy Thomson Ecology to provide strategic ecology advice and habitat mitigation measures for Phase 2 of the East West Rail from Bedford to Bicester and Milton Keynes to Aylesbury.


Fifteen new jobs created in 2013 at Thomson Ecology

Fifteen new graduate jobs have been created by Thomson Ecology in Guildford this year as part of their successful graduate trainee programme. The scheme, which has run for the past six years, has so far created employment for more than 60 trainees within the company.


Thomson Ecology on Stand 4 at RenewableUK's annual conference

With the spotlight increasingly focused on how renewable energy projects impact on the environment, particularly wildlife and habitats, Thomson Ecology will be discussing the options for developers, contractors and end-client providers at this year's RenewableUK conference and exhibition in Birmingham, 5-7 November.


Thomson Ecology brings in two new marine experts as it continues to grow

Daniel Bastreri and Lauren Hughes (pictured above) are the latest marine experts to have been brought on board by leading independent UK ecology specialist, Thomson Ecology, as it continues to build its pool of specialist expertise in Thomson Unicomarine, which serves the marine ecology sector.


The 2013 photography competition

The 2013 photography competition has now closed. Thank you for your photos, we received hundreds of fantastic images. We will announce the winners very shortly.


Innovative new partnership aims to help developers through planning

Ecological and archaeological consultancy services and surveys for construction projects will now be available from a single professional source it was announced today.


Thomson Ecology grows marine expertise and looks to global markets

In a global first, Thomson Ecology – the UK’s leading ecology specialist – has become the only organisation in the world to be able to access and integrate the world’s leading marine species classification data list into their own software and redistribute it to clients and other organisations around the world.


High Court judgement handed down today - 24 September 2013

Thomson Ecology today won a court case against one of its former employees, Mr David Hall, and another company, Apem Limited. The High Court in London was satisfied that the evidence of unlawful conduct by Hall and Apem was so compelling that it entered summary judgement against them without there even being a full trial.


Thomson Ecology at Offshore Wind 2013

Thomson Ecology exhibited at Offshore Wind 2013, 12-13 June 2013, Manchester with a focus on how project management of the ecological element of the consenting process can be a game changer for high risk, large scale projects.


Thomson Ecology opens new biodiversity hub for Midlands and East of England

Thomson Ecology's new state of the art office and laboratory facilities in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, officially opened by local MP Oliver Heald QC, joined by CEO, Nancy Thomson.


Cable route GCN survey and mitigation works

We have been working with our client on a cable route near Hull, to assist them with GCN surveys and mitigation works. Almost 50 ponds were surveyed on or near the cable route.


Dormouse habitat compensation works

We have been undertaking dormouse mitigation works for our client on a site in Oxfordshire, which has included laying a 100m length of hedge.


Read some of our latest published articles

Thomson Ecology has recently had articles published about both terrestrial and marine ecology. You can view them here


£4.5bn marine renewables opportunities in SW of England

Businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly wanting to learn more about opportunities in the growing marine offshore renewables (MOR) sector are being invited to an industry event in October.


Come and meet us at the NCE UK Rail Conference & Exhibition

We are exhibiting at NCE UK Rail Conference & Exhibition 24-25 June, Victoria Park Plaza, London. Mike Harris, Senior Commercial Manager, and Dave Prŷs-Jones, Thomson Ecology's rail sector lead, will be there.


See us at NCE UK Roads 2014, 8-9 July

Thomson Ecology is exhibiting at NCE UK Roads 2014 Conference & Exhibition, 8 - 9 July 2014, Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London. Mike Harris and Jon Bannon, Thomson Ecology’s highways sector lead, will be there.


Sign up for BIM and the ‘ologies workshop

We are working with our partners, Wessex Archaeology to clarify for project managers the position of ecology and archaeology within BIM.


The 2014 Thomson Ecology Photography Competition is now closed.

We have had images from all over the world and will be announcing the winner in the next two weeks.


Three Peaks marks our ten year anniversary

As part of the Thomson Ecology ten year anniversary celebrations, members of Thomson Ecology will be scaling three of Britain’s highest peaks this weekend, to raise money for the YMCA.


UK public get environmental science wrong

A new ComRes survey reveals vital misconceptions on energy and climate change.


World's largest tidal energy scheme in Pentland Firth, gets funding

The developers of MeyGen, the world’s largest tidal stream development, have announced a funding package for the construction of the first phase of its groundbreaking 398MW tidal array project in the Pentland Firth, Scotland.