About Us

Bakerwell provide ecological planning advice and survey expertise, aiming to address the needs of the ever-evolving world of biodiversity survey and protection in Great Britain. Directors Donna Popplewell and Fiona Baker have a combined 22 years of professional experience in ecological consultancy. They are experienced in working with a wide range of clients, ranging from national to local developers, housebuilders and other such professionals such as architects and planners.

Our practice will guide you through the steps needed to gain planning permission for your project, from identifying ecology present to delivering a premium, green and beautiful biodiverse environment for your new homes. Bakerwell are a highly qualified, dedicated experienced team and take pride in our friendly, communicative service, delivering professional reports at a reasonable cost, whatever the size of your project. At Bakerwell we believe that the best projects have the best teams, therefore we also collaborate with trusted providers in related disciplines, such as arboriculture, landscape architecture and geotechnical services, to provide a complete project package where this may be an advantage to you, reducing the time you spend on project management.

Bakerwell’s planning advice and report services include Ecological Assessment (EA), Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) and Habitat Regulation Assessments (HRA). Our preliminary site assessments help you to predict project costs and can be carried out prior to committing to land purchase. We provide European protected species surveys; including bat surveys, bird surveys, dormouse surveys and great created newt surveys, we also undertake national protected species surveys including badger, water vole and reptile surveys. Our habitat surveys include Phase 1 Habitat Assessments and National Vegetation Classification (NVC) surveys.

All reports are prepared following recognised guidance, including the British Standard BS42020 Biodiversity. This includes clear recommendations for ecological mitigation, compensation and enhancements, where appropriate. With over two decades of experience in environmental consultancy, Bakerwell’s Directors take a pragmatic, well-communicated and proportional approach to each project. We will ensure you remain compliant with all ecology legislation, wildlife laws and the national planning policy framework while delivering desirable sustainable projects. Once planning is achieved Bakerwell continue to provide support to meet post-planning condition clearance. This includes obtaining European Protected Species Mitigation Licences, liaising with consultees such as Natural England and translocation and monitoring of protected species and habitats.

Kent Office

Donna Popplewell BSc ACIEEM


Donna leads the Kent office, and is the main point of contact for all contracts in Kent and eastern UK areas. Donna is an experienced project manager and ecologist holding Natural England bat, great crested newt and dormouse survey licences and has produced mitigation licences for a range of protected species. Donna has a first-class BSc in Biodiversity Conservation and a level 4 Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland Field Identification Skills Certificate.

Sussex Office

Fiona Baker BSc MSc MCIEEM


Fiona leads the Sussex office, and is the main point of contact for all contracts in Sussex, central and western UK areas. Fiona is an experienced ecologist and project manager, holding Natural England bat, great crested newt and dormouse survey licences. She has produced mitigation licences for a range of protected species, and completed EIA and HRA and BREEAM ecology assessments. Fiona has a BSc in Environmental Science and MSc (Distinction) in Biodiversity Survey; she is the county recorder for amphibian and reptile species in Sussex.