SCL provides a wide range of technical services to the UK’s land managers, with a strong focus on conservation.

SCL provides a wide range of advisory and monitoring services to the UK’s land managers.

We have a keen interest in landscape-scale environmental planning projects, and offer a range of consultancy services to facilitate the process.

We provide services that help bring landowners, public bodies and communities together to achieve common goals.

We offer a wide range of deer management support services, including abundance estimation, population modelling, cull setting and management planning.

We offer a wide range of deer management support services, including abundance estimation, population modelling, cull setting and management planning.

Our peatland research and experimental trials have achieved wide recognition amongst the government agencies for their quality. In November 2015, our work was recognised with a Nature of Scotland Award from the RSPB.

The power of digital mapping

SCL has expert in-house GIS capability to support all aspects of work that we undertake for our clients.

SCL has the expertise and equipment to deliver a wide range of hydrological services to our clients, including hydropower assessment and river gauging.

SCL has the expertise and equipment to deliver a wide range of hydrological services to our clients, including hydropower assessment and river gauging.

SCL offers a range of integrated services to evaluate the condition of peatlands on development and conservation sites.

Why not look at our blog? It is updated regularly and describes the wide spectrum of services we offer our clients.

We deliver a wide range of services to our clients in the wind energy sector, from scoping through construction to operations.

Our staff hold Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards, have a First Aid at Work certificate and are trained to work under CDM regulations. SCL is registered with Achilles.

SCL has developed a wide range of indirect methods to quantify woodland animal abundance.

SCL has developed a wide range of indirect methods to quantify woodland animal abundance.

SCL has expertise in upland geomorphology, and offers specialist technical services across a range of habitats including blanket bogs.

SCL has wide ranging experience in developing blanket bog restoration methods and monitoring the outcomes after treatment work is complete.

SCL has wide ranging experience in developing blanket bog restoration methods and monitoring the outcomes after treatment work is complete.

Our staff are our greatest asset, and we’ve been an Investor in People for over 12 years.

Our staff are our greatest asset, and we’ve been an Investor in People for over 12 years.

SCL delivers a range of survey and monitoring services in commercial forests including stocking density and crop inventory.

SCL has a long history of involvement in plant ecology and is experienced in a wide range of site survey methods and monitoring techniques.

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) now offer a Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG) for deer management planning, based on the deer abundance survey techniques we developed.

SCL offers a wide range of animal ecology services, with a focus on delivering high precision monitoring to help our clients make informed decisions.

We have the capability and facilities to design and manufacture bespoke monitoring equipment.

We have the capability and facilities to design and manufacture bespoke monitoring equipment.

We investigate the impact that mammals have in all types of woodlands and open range habitats, often using a formal experimental approach.

20 years of research and development by SCL has resulted in development of a high precision field method to estimate deer abundance in woodlands.

Through expertise in hydrology and ecology, SCL can deliver a range of services designed to help our clients understand the processes at work on peatlands and groundwater-dependent ecosystems.

Through expertise in hydrology and ecology, SCL can deliver a range of services designed to help our clients understand the processes at work on peatlands and groundwater-dependent ecosystems.

SCL has spent almost 20 years developing high quality, custom-designed environmental monitoring schemes in the uplands for our long-term industrial partners.

We have expertise in quantifying grazing impact across a wide range of habitats and animal species.

Our staff have a critical scientific eye and are experienced in the field of technical review.

SCL assesses new land for woodland establishment, designs & oversees planting programs and can deliver condition assessments through the life cycle of a new woodland.

SCL can assess new land for woodland establishment, design & oversee planting and deliver woodland condition assessment.

Over the last 17 years, we have continued to learn from the challenging work we undertake, and are constantly trying to find new ways of adapting or improving our techniques.

Over the last 17 years, we have continued to learn from the challenging work we undertake and are constantly trying to find new ways of adapting or improving our techniques.

SCL has an in-depth understanding of all aspects of experimental design, statistical analysis and field craft, enabling us to deliver a wide range of high precision monitoring techniques to clients.

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Our Approach

A bridge between science and industry

We have a high level of academic expertise in a wide range of disciplines, but are also very experienced in the workplace notably in industrial settings.  We aim to act as a bridge between science and industry, being able to distil down complex issues for clients at the same time as being able to ensure on behalf of the client that a suitable technical approach is adopted.

Consultants and not just contractors

We aim to provide a genuine consultancy service to our clients, either by specifying our own technical protocols for projects or otherwise by reviewing and then commenting on what the client has already specified.  In this way we ensure the client gets the full benefit of our knowledge and experience.  All too often consultants feel that they can’t or shouldn’t do this i.e. they work for the client as contractors.

An inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary service

We provide a multi-disciplinary service offering, in line with other larger consultancies.  But what makes us different is our approach to our projects.  All disciplines work together in a team environment to design studies and solve problems, and our analyses take account of the complex interactions that can occur in nature between organisms and the physical environment they inhabit.  Our focus is thus on the ‘inter-disciplinary spaces’ where most of the important environmental processes take place, but few if any academics and practitioners venture.

A focus on technical excellence and statistical rigour

We pride ourselves on our passion for all things technical and statistical, which is obviously important given the type of work we do.  It might surprise you though how few consultancies nowadays have a good grasp of statistical methods or have an interest in the weaknesses of the different techniques they use; all too often, if they do, few seem willing to discuss these weaknesses…

 The importance of site-based investigations

We are passionate about ‘hard science’ and always strive to ensure we explain to our clients the crucial importance of site-based work.  There are far too many projects being undertaken where fieldwork is a minor element, and where the focus is on analysis, modelling and interpretation of data (often someone else’s)…  In essence, if you want to understand an ecosystem and its dynamics then you need to get in amongst it!

 

Being critical of our methods and data

A key part of the scientific method is to be critical of the approach used and the weaknesses in the work you have undertaken.  And yet science in the commercial environment is often reported on without due cognisance of the problems faced during a study.  We always ensure we make the shortcomings of each study clear in our reports (all studies have them) and make sure the client understands the ramifications of decisions based on data given the range of potential errors present.

Provide operational data and undertake strategic research

A key area of interest for us is the evolution of the SCL: client relationship over time.  The best way to achieve this in our view is to make sure that every bit of work being done ideally feeds into a longer term strategic plan, with the aim being to try and learn more about the ecosystem being managed in order that less work, or better work, can be done in the future.  We achieve this by ensuring that clients understand when additional data gathering, even if not required by them immediately, can be beneficial.  Having adopted this approach with many clients we have found that we can derive large research-standard data sets for relatively little cost.

Passionate problem solvers

We love problem solving, and have the well-developed practical skills and in-depth industrial experience required, in addition to the academic expertise, to do it.  Our favourite type of work comes from clients who are happy to describe their problem to us and then let us get on with solving it for them…

Expertise to work in all environments and (most) weathers

Digging soil pits

We love being outdoors, with the majority of our staff having operated at one time or another at a high level in a range of outdoor pursuits.  We are therefore well used to being out in all weathers.  As the range of work we undertake is very broad, we often find ourselves working in very difficult environments such as commercial forest crops or high mountain tops in adverse conditions.  It won’t always be comfortable for us, but we have the skills and experience to operate safely in adverse conditions as well as to know when not to bother tussling with them…

A clear scope of works and a fixed price

We appreciate the importance of being clear on a task, and being clear on how much it will cost to undertake.  For that reason we produce a written scope of works for each study we undertake, and provide a fixed fee schedule for it.  In this way the client can be sure what they are getting and what it will cost.

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Strath Caulaidh Ltd
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SC185939

Registered Office: 1 Strathallan Bank, Ardargie, By Forgandenny, Perthshire, PH2 9FE