Ecological Consultants Sydney and Brisbane
Cumberland Ecology is a team of trusted Australian ecological consultants, providing expertise in all areas of environmental assessment and management.
Our experienced consultants will guide you quickly and smoothly through planning processes, offering pragmatic solutions to environmental risk.
We deliver cutting edge Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and remote sensing, through to planning and approvals, vegetation management plans, expert witnesses, and accredited Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) assessors.
We provide high-quality ecological services to a wide range of private and public sector clients from Local, State and Commonwealth government agencies, small and medium businesses and individuals, right through to blue-chip clients like ARTC, BHP and Mirvac.
Flora & Fauna Surveys
GIS & Remote Sensing
Post Approvals & Monitoring
Planning & Approvals
Legal Assessment & Testimony
World class ecological services
Our projects span private residential work, to major projects, renewable energy, post approval management and boutique and specialty projects.
❖ Quality Advice, Rapid Response
❖ Expert Offsetting Calculations and Advice
❖ Trusted and Compelling Expert Legal Voice
❖ Accurate Species Impacts and Analyses
❖ 20+ Strong Team Nationally
❖ 10 Outstanding & BAM Accredited Assessors
❖ Ecological Assessment of Renewables Projects
❖ Competitive Pricing
❖ Management of Complex Projects
❖ Expert Stakeholder Negotiation
Cumberland Ecology has a successful record in acquiring planning approvals
Our scope of work includes ecological surveys, flora and fauna assessments and reporting, biodiversity offset reporting, aquatic monitoring, weed management plans, DA applications/approvals and bushland management plans.
All Cumberland’s ecologists are well-versed in Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM), required when working with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act (BC Act).
We also have 10 accredited in-house BAM assessors.
Cumberland’s expert team has carried out a wide variety of large and small BAM projects since the BC Act started, including matters assessed by the NSW Land and Environment Court (LEC).
We have an in-depth knowledge of State and Commonwealth environmental legislation and deep experience in its application across a multitude of real -life situations, giving our clients confidence they are receiving pragmatic, astute and efficient advice.
Some project highlights are:
❖ The ongoing six-year survey and analysis of threatened flora and fauna on Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
❖ Cumberland has overseen nine ecological expeditions through the megadiverse tropical rainforests of the Philippines.
❖ Expert analysis of impacts to critically endangered temperate grasslands and Snow Gum woodlands in the NSW Snowy Mountains.
❖ Providing thousands of hectares of new habitat for native species through development and management of biodiversity offsets.
Land and Environment and Federal Court – Expert Witness
Since its beginnings in 2003, Cumberland Ecology has delivered more than 5000 environmental projects across Australia and overseas, with many requiring astute negotiation and final resolution and approval from the court.
Cumberland’s strong reputation for excellent expert testimony has delivered our clients successful outcomes in many Land and Environment Court and Federal Court cases.
Our ecological consultants are experienced in preparing for, and managing LEC proceedings for Class 1, Class 3, Class 4 and Class 5 matters.
We stand ready to guide your business through the complexities of ecological assessments in court, working closely with your legal counsel.
Cumberland Ecology’s Director Dr David Robertson is a highly experienced and sought-after expert witness with 35 years of ecology experience since obtaining his doctorate at Melbourne University in 1985.
Dr Robertson is also a key opinion leader in government and court-related environmental work and has a special interest in threatened species impacts, ecologically sustainable renewable energy solutions, terrestrial and aquatic monitoring, and surveying.
disasters underscored 2020 in Australia
This is when Australia lost 3 billion animals as wildfires scorched almost 20 million hectares of land.
Australia has the fourth highest level of animal species’ extinction
Today 30% of the world’s entire global mammal extinction has occurred right here in Australia.
We genuinely want to make a positive difference for you and our world.
We deliver world class ecological solutions
In the face of this clear need for humanity to re-examine its relationship with nature, Cumberland Ecology is making it our business to drive better sustainability, conservation and biodiversity outcomes.
While continuing to embrace our traditional areas of work, Cumberland Ecology is making special efforts to provide high quality, compelling analysis and management in key areas such as sustainability and renewables.
We want to help our clients achieve the best for their projects – in both business and biodiversity outcomes.
Our pricing and standards for these projects are extremely competitive.
positive difference for you and our world.
Our ecological services maximise sustainability for flora and fauna while ensuring optimum project outcomes
Planning, Monitoring and Management
We deliver best practice and innovative conservation and land management programs nationally
Biodiversity Offsetting Analysis, Management
We bring laser-like focus to produce successful and productive offsets for threatened species habitats
GIS and Remote Sensing Implementation
We perform mapping and spatial services to clearly demonstrate flora and fauna occurrences and impacts
We strive for best practice and innovative conservation and land management in all areas of ecological consultancy.
Freshwater Biodiversity Management
We monitor and manage the integrity and biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems for properties and developments.