About Us

The Caledonian Conservation Team
The Caledonian Conservation Team

Caledonian Conservation Ltd was founded in 2010 by Chris Cathrine. The company provides high quality ecology and ornithology services for developments and conservation. Many ecology and ornithology surveys are highly specialist, requiring a high level of fieldcraft and experience. When you contract Caledonian Conservation Ltd you are guaranteed that the ecologists working on your project are appropriately experienced, hold the necessary licences and use the specialist equipment required.


Caledonian Conservation Ltd provides services for a range of clients, including developers, government agencies / public bodies, conservation charities / non-governmental organisations (NGOs), universities and other academic institutes, other consultancies / contractors, private landowners, and media.  Some examples of clients are given below.


British Solar Renewables, Building Green Ltd, BWE Partnership, Creag Riabhach Wind Farm Ltd, DP Energy, Green Power, Hexicon AB, Muirhall Energy Ltd, RES Group, RIDG, Ron Shanks Development Projects Limited, Taylor Wimpey

Government Agencies / Public Bodies

Forestry and Land Scotland, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority, Scottish Forestry, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) / NatureScot, West Lothian Council

Conservation Charities / NGOs / Community Groups

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC), Buglife, Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM), Dumfries & Galloway Environmental Resources Centre (DGERC), East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative, Manx Wildlife Trust, Historic Environment Scotland, Royal Entomological Society, North West Mull Community Woodland Company, Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT), Royal Entomological Society, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Tay Landscape Partnership, TCV, The Wildlife Information Centre, Urban Roots

Universities and Other Academic Institutes

James Hutton Institute, University of Edinburgh, University of the West of Scotland (UWS), University of York

Consultancies / Contractors

AHR Architects, Amey, Applied Ecology Ltd, Arcus Consultancy Services Ltd, Atmos Consulting, Biocensus, Brindley Associates, Cameron Ecology, CGO Ecology, CH2M CKD Galbraith, Clyde Ecology, Dunnock Ecology, Echoes Ecology, EnviroCentre, EP Ecology, ERG, Fountains Forestry, George Leslie Ltd, IKM Consulting, ITPEnergised, Linearchitecture, Linbrooke, LUC, MacArthur Green, Malachy Walsh and Partners, Natural Power, Nevis Environmental, Roadbridge Construction, Savills, SRUC, Strutt & Parker, Stuart Spray Wildlife Consultancy, Sweco, VG Energy, Wild Surveys, Xodus

Private Landowners

We undertake work for many private landowners, from individual homeowners who need a bat survey to inform a planning application for renovations, to large estates (including Brucefield Estate, Corrour Estate, Ardtornish Estate).


BBC, NHNZ Productions

Health and Safety

Ecology and ornithology surveys can take surveyors to remote areas throughout the day or night, and they may be exposed to extreme weather and other hazards. Recognising this, Caledonian Conservation Ltd follows risk assessment and lone working procedures, while ensuring that any surveyor is appropriately equipped to deal with the terrain and unpredictable weather conditions that may be encountered. The safety of surveyors and the public is our first priority.

For our environmental education projects there are very different health and safety considerations. Staff working on these projects have up-to-date outdoor first aid qualifications, and those working regularly with children or vulnerable adults are members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. Our projects are fully risk assessed, and we follow best practice guidance of staff participant ratios as recommended by organisations such as the Forest School Association and Forestry Commission Scotland Branching Out programme.


Caledonian Conservation Ltd holds both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance policies, providing security for our clients. Specific details of insurance can be provided on request.

The Caledonian Conservation Team
The Caledonian Conservation Team

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