Alan has worked for the Consultancy since 1995 but prior to this worked in the conservation sector since the 1970s. He has an extensive knowledge on a wide variety of protected species as well as good botanical identification skills. His main area of expertise is with amphibians and reptiles, although he regularly undertakes breeding bird surveys. He has been the National Herpetofauna Co-ordinator for The Wildlife Trusts, a member of the advisory panel for ARG-UK and chair of the Worcestershire Reptile and Amphibian Group (WRAG). He spent over 10 years as a member of the national steering committee for the Great Crested Newt Species Recovery Plan. Alan holds a Natural England and Natural Resources Wales licence for great crested newts.
Edward has over 22 years of experience in the ecological/environmental sector including working within the public and private sector and since 1998, manager for the Consultancy. As well as day to day managerial duties, Edward oversees the larger projects and undertakes surveys, provides mitigation advice and acts as principal 'Clerk of Works' on a range of selected development and conservation schemes. Edward holds a Natural England licence for bats.
Elizabeth has worked in both the academic and consultancy sectors with a focus on mammalian ecology, particularly badgers, dormice, bats and water voles. Elizabeth assists with the management of the Consultancy and has managed various ecological projects both in the UK and abroad and has expertise in a range of ecological survey techniques including Phase 1 habitat survey assessments and a variety of protected species surveys (e.g. the aforementioned mammal species as well as otters, reptiles, great crested newts). Elizabeth also devises ecological mitigation schemes for a variety of protected species. She is well versed in producing preliminary ecological assessments, BREEAM/CSH Assessments, protected species licences, Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA), Biodiversity Action Plans, as well as writing for scientific journals, books and magazines. Elizabeth offers a scientific approach to projects with additional skills in statistical analysis, home range & compositional habitat analysis and GIS mapping. Elizabeth holds Natural England and Natural Resources Wales licences for bats and dormice as well as a Natural England licence for great crested newts.
Joshua joined the team in 2008, previously working as an independent consultant, prior to that he worked for the National Trust and Forestry Commission as an ecological surveyor. For the last 14 years he has worked in both the conservation and consultancy sector. Many of these years were in woodland conservation and management. He is an experienced ecologist with particular expertise in terrestrial invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and bats and holds Natural England (NE) and Natural Resources Wales licences for bats, dormice, great crested newts, white-clawed crayfish and barn owls.
Nick started working for the Consultancy in 2004 and prior to this was employed as Aggregates Officer within the Planning Department of Worcestershire County Council. Previous experience has included working for the Dorset Environmental Records Centre as a botanical surveyor, project manager and records centre assistant. As well as undertaking a wide range of protected species surveys and mitigation schemes, Nick's area of expertise is primarily botanical, having undertaken individual species surveys, Phase1 and NVC surveys throughout the UK. More recently this included an NVC survey of Shropshire's quarries and rare arable weed survey within Worcestershire for Plantlife UK and a detailed Higher Level Stewardship Agreement and Management Plan for Worcestershire County Council's Hartlebury Common Nature Reserve. Nick has extensive experience in GIS mapping and holds a Natural England licence for great crested newts and white-clawed crayfish.
Simon has worked in conservation on a voluntary basis for over seven years. Simon regularly undertakes surveys for butterflies and bees as well as woodland habitat monitoring. In addition he is an experienced ornithologist having undertaken a wide variety of bird surveys for the BTO as well as bird ringing. Simon has assisted Worcestershire Wildlife Consultancy over the years with Phase 1 habitat survey assessments and protected species surveys particularly for breeding birds, bats, great crested newts and slow-worms. Simon has considerable IT expertise particularly in database design and the deployment of various environmental applications.
Laura Thompson - Financial Administrator
Laura provides administrative support for the Ecology team and deals with financial matters relating to projects thereby ensuring the smooth running of the financial side of the business.
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Jeff Marlow MSc, Dip. Arb (RFS), F.Arbor.A., M.I. Biol., C. Biol - Arboricultural Consultant
Jeff is a fully qualified Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant and Tree Surgeon. He has over 30 years Assistant of experience in managing trees and woodland habitats as well as advising on woodland and tree management. Jeff is a Fellow of the Arboricultural Association, Member and Chartered Biologist of the Institute of Biology.
Neil McLean Cert Arb (RFS) - Arboricultural Consultant
Neil is a fully qualified arboriculturist providing advice on all aspects of tree and woodland management, as well as being a licensed and experienced bat surveyor which complements his arboricultural skills. Liz McKay BSc (Hons) MCIEEM – Ecological Consultant Liz has many years of experience in the ecological sector and specialises in botanical and protected species surveys, with a particular emphasis on bat and great crested newt ecology.
Colin Menendez BSc (Hons) MCIEEM CEnv - Ecological Consultant
Colin is an independent ecological consultant, who regularly sub-contracts his skills and experience to Worcestershire Wildlife Consultancy. This is based on over 20 years as a professional ecologist. As well as development-related work, Colin specialises in wetland survey, restoration and design.
This is a good time to carry out nut searches for signs of dormice. Late September is also the end of the reptile season and bat survey seasons. We start compiling the majority of European Protected Species licence (EPSL) applications from this time onwards.
Please refer to our survey timetable for further information on surveys that can be undertaken this season.
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