Cura Terrae Flourishes as Growth Continues


Environmental consultancy and service providers Cura Terrae has announced a second bolt-on acquisition since our investment in the group earlier this year.

Ecus, one of three businesses within the Cura Terrae group, has snapped up niche environmental consultancy Naturally Wild, which provides expertise for any project that may affect protected species.

Naturally Wild is based in Stockton-on-Tees and will work alongside Ecus’s existing teams in Sheffield, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Barnard Castle, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, and Manchester.

The deal grows Ecus’s team nationally to around 180 people.

Naturally Wild was established in 1998 and over the last 24 years Graeme Skinner, Managing Director, and his team have built a company based on ethical values, expert knowledge, and a passion for the environment.

It delivers environmental services such as ecology, habitat creation and protected species licensing for UK infrastructure and development, which closely aligns with Ecus’s own offering to clients.

Greg Holmes, Investment Manager at Palatine, said: “Palatine’s Impact Fund, Cura Terrae, Ecus and now Naturally Wild, are all aligned in a shared long-term commitment to place purpose, responsibility and sustainability at the heart of our growth strategy.”

“Cura Terrae are already delivering on these ambitious growth plans with targeted strategic acquisitions and we have a strong pipeline of further M&A opportunities to broaden our environmental solutions that help take care of the Earth.”

CEO of Cura Terrae, Professor Peter Skipworth added, “Naturally Wild is an invaluable addition to our family tree, as societal concern grows around recognising and preserving natural capital and mitigating the biodiversity crisis. The acquisition aligns perfectly with our goal of protecting our planet as we remain a bridge between industry, infrastructure, and the environment, priming us to continue to meet and exceed client expectations”

Naturally Wild’s approach has been to deliver high-quality services along with openness and integrity. We look forward to building on our successes in the next chapter with Ecus, which will help our teams continue to deliver great outcomes for our clients.

We have delivered a variety of exciting projects across the country – with badger work in Gloucester, newt work in Teesside and Wiltshire, reptiles in Dorset, and bat work across the UK.

Graeme Skinner

Managing Director at Naturally Wild