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Meet the Staff

Alan Shepherd

Alan Shepherd

Alan Shepherd MCIEEM

Senior Ecologist

Alan has worked for Worcestershire Wildlife Consultancy since 1995 and prior to this has worked in the conservation sector since the 1970's. He has an extensive knowledge on a wide variety of protected species, with a focus on birds, reptiles and amphibians. Alan regularly undertakes bird, amphibian and reptile surveys and advises on mitigation. Alan also has an extensive botanical knowledge and regularly undertakes extended Phase 1 surveys and prepares ecological management plans. Alan’s main area of expertise is with amphibians and reptiles and he is considered to be a national expert on the slow-worm. He has been the National Herpetofauna Co-ordinator for The Wildlife Trusts, a member of the advisory panel for ARG-UK and spent over 10 years as a member of the national steering committee for the Great Crested Newt Species Recovery Plan. Alan holds Natural England and Natural Resources Wales licences for great crested newts and is a Registered Consultant for the Natural England great crested newt Low Impact Class Licence.

Dominque Cragg

Dominque Cragg

Dominque Cragg BSc(Hons) MRes

Seasonal Assistant Ecologist

Dom graduated from the University of Worcester with a degree in Animal Biology (First Class Honours), and a Masters by Research in Ecology and Environmental Management. She has been involved in the conservation and ecology sector for over four years, working with the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), Worcestershire Biological Records Centre and Worcestershire Wildlife Consultancy. Dom has set up and carries out breeding bird surveys for the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and PTES. She has assisted on bat surveys for the Consultancy for almost four years, and is working towards gaining her bat licence. Dom is a member of the Worcestershire Mammal Group and Worcestershire Dormouse Group, and is also working towards her dormouse licence. She is in the process of applying for Graduate Membership of CIEEM.

Edward Leszczynski

Edward Leszczynski

Edward Leszczynski BSc (Hons) MSc MCIEEM

Consultancy Manager

Edward has over 30 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 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. He is also a Registered Consultant of the Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLIC).

Elizabeth Pimley

Elizabeth Pimley

Elizabeth Pimley BSc (Hons) PhD CEnv MCIEEM

Principal Ecologist

Elizabeth has worked in both the academic and consultancy sectors with a focus on mammalian ecology, particularly badgers, dormice, bats, water voles and otters. Elizabeth is involved with the management of the Consultancy as well as project delivery. She 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 reptiles and great crested newts). Elizabeth also devises ecological mitigation schemes for a variety of protected species. She is well versed in producing preliminary ecological appraisals, BREEAM/CSH Assessments, protected species licences, Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA), Biodiversity Action Plans, Construction Environmental Management Plans, Ecological Design Strategies 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 licences for great crested newts and water voles. She is also a Registered Consultant of the Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLIC).

Joshua Evans

Joshua Evans

Joshua Evans

Consultant Ecologist BSc(Hons) MCIEEM

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 25 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 good botanical skills and extensive experience in protected species' surveys. He has particular expertise in terrestrial invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and bats and holds Natural England and Natural Resources Wales licences for bats, dormice, great crested newts, white-clawed crayfish and barn owls.

Josh Humphries

Josh Humphries

Josh Humphries BSc (Hons) GradCIEEM

Assistant Ecologist

Josh has recently graduated from the University of Worcester in Conservation Ecology (First Class Hons), and has since worked as a bat surveyor for an Ecological Consultancy and a Research Assistant for the University of Worcestershire. Josh is a graduate member of CIEEM and has been involved within the conservation and ecology sector over the past three years, volunteering for various Wildlife Trusts, the Wyre Forest District Council, Operation Wallacea; including working as a Seasonal Ranger for the Forestry Commission. Due to these voluntary efforts, Josh received the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Award 2015. Josh has a particular interest in mammals and had experience surveying for dormice, bats and otters through volunteering, and his membership of the Worcestershire Mammal Group, the Worcestershire Bat Group and the Mammal Society. He is in the process of obtaining Graduate Membership of CIEEM

Moira Conn

Moira Conn

Moira Conn

Finance and Admin Officer

Moira 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.



WWC's regular sub-contract staff include:

In addtion to the above we have a complement of trusted independant specialist sub-consultants, some of whom are listed below. 

Other Wildlife Trust Consultancies who are members of the Wildlife Trust Consultancies.

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. 

Colin Menendez BSc (Hons) MCIEEM CEnv - Ecological Consultant

Colin has 20 years as a professsional ecologist. As well as development-related work, Colin specialises in wetland survey, restoration and design. Colin holds a Natural England bat licence.  

Elizabeth Mitchell MA BSc Dip TP MRTPI Chartered Town Planner/Planning Consultant

Elizabeth advises on all aspects of town planning including applications and appeals. She uses her wide ranging experience and an interest in Ecological and Heritage matters in writing Reasoned Statements for Natural England protected Species Licence applications.