Wildlife Conservation

Colin & Val Shawyer, 2 Mill Walk,
Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8DT

Tel/Fax: 01582 832182  or 07774 899344
Email: colinshawyer@aol.com

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The Wildlife Conservation Partnership was established in 1998 as an ecological consultancy capable of undertaking work and project management on behalf of large organisations as well as clients with more limited resources, such as charities.

It consists of a small dedicated team of wildlife management and research consultants able to act for a wide variety of clients in the public and private sectors. These include, national and local Government organisations, Government Agencies, ecological consultants, businesses, development companies, charitable trusts, landowners and their agents and private individuals.


The Partnership primarily undertakes work involving research and restoration of species and habitats, balancing the needs of development with those of the environment. Written reports including findings and recommendations, are provided to clients in a form which can, if necessary, be presented at Public Enquiries. When protected species and habitats are involved, mitigation, legal advice and compliance are fully addressed.

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The Partnership has particular experience with birds. Its Senior Partner is an expert on owls and other birds of prey and can prepare Proofs of Evidence and act as an Expert Witness at Public Enquiries. The Partnership also has expertise in surveying bats and in the restoration of scarce and threatened species and key habitats.  Aside from undertaking ecological research The Partnership prides itself on a high standard of work from innovative project design, effective implementation, reporting and the undertaking of conservation projects in the field. Subsequent monitoring is often an important part of its work enabling clients to audit the success of their projects especially when the objective is for the restoration of species, habitats or biodiversity in general.



The Partnership has an in-house publishing arm and is able to design, edit and print hardback books, technical reports, booklets, brochures, folders and leaflets for charities, businesses and other organisations involved in environmental conservation.  Details of publications

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The Partnership undertakes about 20 major assignments each year for clients independently or on behalf of larger ecological consultancies and wildlife charities 


Colin ShawyerThe Senior Partner, Colin Shawyer is a raptor biologist and professional ecologist specialising in birds, mainly birds of prey and has published widely on this subject. He is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and Royal Society of Biology and the Partnership abides by the Codes of Professional Conduct of these two bodies. Licences from the Countryside Agencies are held by him and associate consultants for the survey and monitoring of protected species.

He was Director of the Hawk and Owl Trust between 1988 and 1998.  Colin has served on the Governmentís Raptor Working Group and Barn Owl Working Group, Pesticides Safety Directorate and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Research and Surveys Committee. 
He has undertaken and published research studies for Government and its Agencies, including the Highways Agency and Environment Agency and undertaken and co-≠directed national barn owl surveys in the mid 1980ís and 1990ís. He undertook work for the British Trust for Ornithology between 2000 and 2010 developing and undertaking its Barn Owl Monitoring Programme and in 1988 founded the Barn Owl Conservation Network (BOCN) and is BOCN Coordinator for UK and Ireland.

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