Tees firm is expanding naturally

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Tees-based Naturally Wild Consultants is celebrating after winning substantial contracts in the south of England.

The Stockton-headquartered company, which was launched by husband-and-wife team Graeme and Julie Skinner in 1996, has already started essential ecological work prior to a major refurbishment at London’s Waterloo Station, working on behalf of the developer, Osborne, and they have also won major road and rail projects across the south.

Naturally Wild’s team of experts, split over two locations, advise a range of clients on the protection of birds, bats, protected species, invasive plants and habitats, undertaking preliminary ecological assessments, wildlife and protected species surveys required to be carried out before planning applications.

“Many surveys are seasonal, so if you engage us too late it can have massive time and financial impacts,” explains managing director Graeme Skinner.

Happily for Naturally Wild, their success has increased year on year, so much so that they are opening at least one new office in the south of England.

They’re also thrilled to have had a recruiting programme accepted which will create at least five new positions within the company – two in the North-East, one in the south and two roving ecologist positions.

To comply with the high level of quality management requirements within their particular field, the company is in the process of appointing a full time manager for health, safety and quality.

Naturally Wild has previously won large-scale contracts with significant Teesside projects including the Wynyard Park development and Stokesley Manor House.

By the close of 2020, Graeme says the aim is to be the biggest ecology company in the region.

“We’ve always been strong in the south,” says Graeme. “But hopefully local companies can now see how we are winning substantial contracts and will consider us.

“Though we do continue to work with specialist organisations in the north and North-East, providing vitally important pre-planning services, we encourage more interest in our bespoke, tailored services which are based on quality and integrity and suit every project.”

Naturally Wild’s new website has just launched at naturallywild.co.uk.