Coombes provide Environmental and Ecological survey and reporting solutions for clients requiring advice in advance of a project or construction works. As part of our activities and also for our clients, we supply a comprehensive range of Environmental and Ecological services such as:

Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, Phase 2 & Protected Species Surveys, Protected Species Translocation Plans, Area & Ecological Impact Assessment Surveys, Mitigation Surveys for Development Projects, Watching Brief Provision and Carbon Offsetting Survey

Coombes invest in running new plant & machinery, making it more safer, efficient and environmentally friendly. Contact us for further information on how we can help deliver your project in a more environmentally sound and cost efficient manner.

Coombes work for the environment comprises

Restoration and Conservation
We have worked on a variety of sites with a wide job specification and spectrum of constraints (SSIs, SPAs, SACs, National Parks etc.), utilising many different working methods encompassing a wide range of machinery, or just plain manpower, to achieve the desired outcome. As a contractor we have been involved in some of these programmes in the south of England to re-establish these important historical and ecological areas to a thriving, natural habitat for flora and fauna.We work closely with ecologists and the client so that works are performed both practically and sensitively to achieve the best result for the project.
Watercourse Management

We have worked on many types of watercourse from ditches and ponds that run dry in the summer months, to rivers such as the Thames and large reservoirs carrying out a variety of tasks from simple ditch clearing to large tree removal. Clients include the Environment Agency, The River and Canal Trust (formerly British Waterways), Land & Water and private individuals.

We work to many different criteria including flood alleviation, habitat restoration and creation, Health and Safety and bank stabilisation.

Our forestry and arboriculture training and experience allow us to carry out all vegetation management in and around water. Our staff are trained in fast flow rescue and have the specific spraying ticket (PA6AW) that allows us to spray on and around water.

Invasive and Injurious Weeds

There are several hundred invasive plants in the UK. Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam are common invasive plants that you or your business might come into contact with. You must not cultivate these plants intentionally and if you have invasive plants on your property you must not allow them to spread off site (Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981). Invasive non-native plants can cause problems for native UK species and reduce biodiversity here and worldwide. Japanese knotweed can block footpaths and damage concrete, tarmac, flood defences and the stability of river banks. Giant hogweed can cause harm to human health.If you have invasive plants or injurious weeds on your premises you have a responsibility to prevent them spreading into the wild or causing a nuisance.

We have dealt with all common species including water born plants. Plants that we regularly and occasionally control for our customers include:

• Japanese Knotweed
• Ragwort
• Himylayan Balsam
• Giant Hogweed
• Rhododendron
• Floating Pennywort
• Parrot's Feather
• Water Fern

A full list is available through the Natural England website.

To control these plants we use a variety of methods, both physical and chemical, and would advise as to the best way to deal with them. We work to guidelines set by such organisations as Natural England and the Environment Agency as well as our own experience.

We have many years of experience spraying with a wide range of chemicals and applicators, including knapsacks, weed wipers, mist blowers and quad & tractor mounted sprayers. We have fully certified operators with the relevant experience to carry out work to a high standard.