Posted: Jan 2017

'We are pleased to announce that Polly Luscombe, one of our Senior Ecologists, has been accepted as a Registered Consultant on the new Natural England Great Crested Newt Low Impact Class Licence Read More...

Posted: Apr 2016

Clarkson & Woods and Wychwood Biodiversity have carried out research on the effects that solar arrays have on local biodiversity. The project was joint funded by various organisations and research was carried out in 2015. Read More...

Posted: July 2015

We are pleased to announce that Jo Donnelly, one of our Senior Ecologists, has been accepted as a Registered Consultant on the new Natural England Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLICL). Read More...

Posted: Mar 2015

After 12 years, Michael Woods Associates Ltd is re-branding. From 1st March 2015, it will become Clarkson & Woods Ltd. The change of name reflects the progress made under the directorship of Tom Clarkson, while honouring the founders of the company. Read More...

Posted: Jan 2015

Lackford Estate Solar Park in Suffolk won Solar Power Portal Award 2014 in the category 'Best Utility-scale Solar Farm >10MW'. Clarkson & Woods Ltd. worked with Inazin to develop the project and promote biodiversity on the site, one point commented on by Solar Power Portal in their award write up. Read More...

Posted: Dec 2014

2014 was a busy year for Clarkson & Woods. The company has grown and taken on more staff to build our capacity and we have worked on a wide variety of projects and with a wide variety of species. We are particularly proud to be working with the Eden Project on their strategic plan for the sustainable development of their estate. Read More...

Posted: Dec 2014

At Michael Woods Associates, we feel there is truth in the old adage about Jack; 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'. Our dedicated, vibrant and professional team is certainly not dull and we want to keep it that way! With that in mind, we run some social events each year to bring the team together and just have some fun! Read More...

Posted: Feb 2013

The wet weather, coupled with the steady recovery within the construction industry have made for a very busy and challenging survey season in 2012. The persistent rain meant that countless bat surveys had to be postponed and rescheduled, meaning that every dry evening of the summer seemed to be taken up with bat surveys. We all have our fingers crossed for a drier 2013! Read More...

Posted: Feb 2012

In 2011 the Rughill Nature Reserve, part of the Somerset Wildlife Trust's Private Nature Reserve Network was set up by Frankie Woods. The reserve, a mixture of species-rich hedgerows, newly planted woodland and former pasture grassland forms the final resting place of Michael Woods and his son, Jonathan. Read More...

Overview of 2011

Posted: Feb 2012

Over the course of 2011, our team of ecologists have:

  • Grown from a team of 4 to a team of 8 full time members of staff
  • Contributed over 2000 records to local biodiversity records centres
  • Worked in 19 counties within the UK with over 300 different clients
  • Been involved in more than 400 different projects within the public and private sectors
  • Expanded our offices at Blackford to provide meeting rooms and private office space
  • Become a corporate sponsor of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Biodiversity which meets regularly at the House of Commons

Posted: Feb 2012

Coleridge Bridge - ICE Awards

We are proud to announce one of the projects that we provided ecological advice and oversaw the construction phase has been nominated for the "Civil Engineering Small Project of the Year Award 2012". Michael Woods Associates undertook various baseline surveys, including bat emergence and activity surveys and otter surveys to inform on the various ecological impacts of this bridge which forms part o f the Sustrans network.

Community involvement, public and private sector skills worked together to build Coleridge Bridge over the River Ottery to join the communities of Ottery St Mary. Environmental protection and biodiversity enhancement were at the core of the projects guiding principles.