Bowland Ecology employs a team of highly qualified professional ecologists with a range of specialisms. Our ecologists are all competent in Phase 1 Habitat Survey, and our team includes botanists, licensed bat workers, protected species surveyors and ornithologists. We have in house Lantra qualified tree climbers, experienced in carrying out assessments of trees for bat roost potential. Our technical staff hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and have comprehensive experience in provision of ecological and environmental clerk of works (ECoW/EnCoW). With offices in England (Lancashire) and Scotland (South Lanarkshire) we are able to draw on an extensive team of specialists and associates to work on projects throughout the UK.
Ecology Staff - England
Since graduating in 1990 Jeremy has held a range of public and private sector posts. Prior to establishing Bowland Ecology he was a team leader and Associate Ecologist at RPS plc where he was responsible for managing a team of ecologists with an EIA focused remit particularly working in the highways and landuse sectors. He has gained public sector experience through his work as a Catchment Ecologist with the Environment Agency (North West Region) and as a SSSI Notification Officer with the Countryside Council for Wales. In the mid 1990s he was Senior Ecologist with a university based consultancy where he specialised in undertaking detailed botanical surveys for EIAs and research studies. He has a very strong background in EIA at all levels, and is an experienced vegetation ecologist. He also specialises in protected species ecology and holds Natural England and NRW licences for great crested newts, water vole, natterjack toad, badger, crayfish and bats. He has provided expert witness input to PI and represented clients at planning appeals. He has worked throughout the UK and overseas in Tomsk Province, Siberia. He is a former Vice Convenor of the NW Section of CIEEM.
Ed has over 25 years of work experience in nature conservation and ecological research. He is especially knowledgeable about the conservation, ecology, classification, assessment and management of a wide-range of terrestrial habitats. Before joining Bowland Ecology, he was a UK Habitats Advisor with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Ed has also worked in the private, academic and charitable sectors. Examples of major work areas include: (i) UK reporting under the EU Habitats Directive; (ii) review of the SSSI Selection Guidelines; (iii) review of UK BAP priority habitat series; (iv) assessing the impacts of atmospheric N pollution on protected areas; and (v) detailed research on the ecology, history and management of native woodland and European beech forests. Ed is an experienced report writer and peer-reviewer, who has strong analytical skills. He has published his own scientific research and co-authored a major book on the development of natural woodland.
Alice has a first class degree in Environmental Biology from the University of St Andrews. She also has an MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management from Oxford Brookes University and completed her PhD studying the effects of control on the ecology of American mink (Mustela vison) at the University of York in 2005. She joined Bowland Ecology from CCW where she was responsible for providing advice and responses to consultations on designated sites, protected species and wider countryside issues within the Brecon Beacons National Park. She also led a proactive management project on Bleanlyarn & the reactive work arising from the Usk Bats site SAC and River Usk SAC. Prior to her post at CCW Alice held roles coordinating and undertaking mammal and farm surveys for the Central Science Laboratory. Alice has a wide range of experience as a project managing ecologist and large scale conservation projects for statutory bodies, including an NVC survey of the South Pennines SSSI and an otter survey of the River Irwell and tributaries. Alice specialises in mammal survey, ecology and mitigation as well as protected species and botanical surveys. She holds Natural England and NRW Scientific Licences for bats and great crested newts.
Matt has an MSc in Conservation and Land Management and BSc (Hons) in Environmental Conservation, both from Bangor University, Wales. He has extensive experience in environmental research, land management and protected area policy gained through working as a Research Officer with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Conservation Officer with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service in Australia, Research Assistant with the RSPB, Rights of Way Development Officer for Conwy County Council and as a warden with the National Trust. In recent years Matt has been developing his ecological survey skills, carrying out botanical and ornithological surveys for the RSPB and Phase 1, amphibian, bat, mammal, reptile and NVC surveys for ecological consultancies.
Sarah graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2013 with a first class MBiolSci (Hons) degree in Zoology. Prior to joining Bowland Ecology in 2014, she undertook a voluntary traineeship for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, gaining skills in practical conservation management, protected species surveying and GIS. Sarah has a keen interest in botany and has assisted with vegetation surveys, Phase 1 habitat mapping and surveying for invasive plant species. She also undertakes a range of protected species surveys, including great crested newt, water vole, otter, badger and bats. She is trained in using MapInfo and provides GIS input for a variety of projects. Furthermore, Sarah is developing skills in bat call analysis.
Jo completed her MSc in Ecology and Management of the Natural Environment at the University of Bristol in 2005 and initially joined us in 2007. She was employed as a Field Ecologist and then Ecologist until 2014 before working freelance for several years whilst bringing up a young family. Jo re-joined the company in June 2021. As an ecological consultant she has worked on both small and large projects, supporting and carrying out survey or mitigation works and managing all types of projects. Jo has also held numerous protected species mitigation licenses, both professionally and in a voluntary capacity. Jo has a keen interest in all mammals but particularly badgers. She is currently chair of Badger Trust, a national charity promoting the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers.
Mark is a highly skilled ornithologist with extensive experience throughout the UK and overseas. Previous employment includes posts with: the National Trust as a warden, Farne Islands; the Prince Edward Point Bird Obs, Canada as a bird bander; the Steller’s Eider Project, Alaska as an assistant warden; and the RSPB as a voluntary assistant warden at Minsmere. He holds BTO Bird Ringing Permits Class C and Class A, and a Canadian Banding Permit. He became a member of Lancashire Bird Report Rarities Committee during spring 2011. Mark coordinates and undertakes the full spectrum of ornithological survey for a range of projects including powerlines and wind turbines. In addition to ornithological experience he has extensive experience of Phase 1, bat, dormouse, otter, water vole, badger, reptile and amphibian surveys and has worked extensively on licensed amphibian mitigation schemes.
Curtis has extensive experience of undertaking a range of protected species surveys including: wintering and breeding birds; bats; reptiles; red squirrel; GCN; water vole and otter; invasive species and electrofishing. He has also completed a range of ECoW roles for ground nesting birds, water quality and reptiles. Since completing his degree in Animal Conservation Science at the University of Cumbria in 2014 Curtis has worked for National Trust, Center Parcs and SK Environmental Solutions Ltd before joining Bowland Ecology in 2021.
Jodie has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MSc in Animal Behaviour. Jodie has extensive experience working overseas where she carried out research into vocal calling of nocturnal mammals. Jodie has worked for four years in ecological consultancy where she has undertaken a range of ecological surveys including Phase 1 habitat survey, amphibian surveys, reptile surveys and a range of mammal surveys, she was also the main Ecological Clerk of Works for a large scale infrastructure project in Wales. Jodie has a keen interest in dormice ecology and is looking to gain her licence this year. Prior to joining Bowland Ecology, Jodie spent time lecturing in Animal Science and was the instructor and handler in exotic animals for Craven College. She is also currently a volunteer for the Woodland Trust.
Jo joined Bowland Ecology after spending over 10 years working for the National Trust as an Area Ranger at Sizergh Castle Estate and Fells Foot Parkland and Gardens. Jo is an experienced surveyor, who has undertaken surveys on a wide range of flora and fauna including deer, breeding waders, butterfly, bat, orchid and ash dieback. She also brings experience of creating strategic management plans, managing teams and volunteers and running community involvement projects.
Laura has an MA in Geography from the University of St Andrews and worked for three years as a Development Officer for a renewable energy developer in Edinburgh. She completed an MSc in Ecology and the Environment at Lancaster University in 2010 and joined Bowland Ecology in 2011, following some time volunteering for the National Trust in Cornwall. As an ecologist she is responsible for a varied portfolio of ecological projects including utilities schemes and landuse development proposals. Laura is competent in a wide range of ecological survey techniques and is a licensed amphibian worker. She is a competent MapInfo user and provides GIS input into all relevant projects.
Catrin has an MRes in Conservation and Resource Management along with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology, both from the University of Liverpool. Before joining Bowland Ecology in March 2020, Catrin had over three years professional experience of working as an ecological consultant where she undertook a range of ecological surveys; including amphibians, reptiles, bats, badgers, riparian mammals and Phase 1 habitat surveys. Catrin also has experience in report writing, producing maps using GIS software and taking on the role of Ecological Clerk of Works. Prior to joining the ecological consultancy sector, Catrin worked for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust where she completed a traineeship as a Recording Officer before working as an Assistant Community Project Officer. Catrin holds a Natural England scientific licence for bats.
Helena graduated from the University of Durham in 2020 with a first class degree in Physical Geography. Helena has previously interned at JBA Flood Risk Management, working within the catastrophe modelling team. In her role at Bowland Ecology, she assists with a wide range of ecological surveys including Phase One and bats, and also carries out Ecological Desk Studies, is a competent GIS user (QGIS), undertakes data analysis, including bat sound analysis, and assists with report preparation. In October 2020, Helena ran a guest lecture and seminar for 3rd year students at the University of Central Lancashire on ecological survey techniques and EIA.
Lucy graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2020 with a first class wildlife conservation degree (BSc). Alongside working for Bowland Ecology, she studies for a MSc in Entomology at Harper Adams University and dedicates her spare time to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust species reintroduction group, where she breeds and studies a rare species of cricket. Prior to working for Bowland Ecology Lucy volunteered in various conservation roles, including assisting in biodiversity research of regenerating rainforest in the Peruvian Amazonia. In her role at Bowland Ecology, she assists with a wide range of ecological surveys including Phase One, bats, amphibians, reptiles, badgers, riparian mammals and crayfish. She carries out Ecological Desk Studies, is a competent GIS user (QGIS and Arc), undertakes data analysis (including bat sound analysis), and report writing including ecological appraisals.
Although Sam’s passion is for botany, he takes a keen interest in all aspects of Ecology. In the UK Sam has previously worked for Lancashire Wildlife Trust, and has also worked in Australia, Italy, France and Spain. As an Assistant Ecologist Sam undertakes all types of surveying including amphibians, reptiles, bats, badgers, riparian mammals and Phase 1 habitat surveys. Sam also has experience in report writing, producing maps using GIS software and taking on the role of Ecological Clerk of Works.
Luke graduated with a degree in Zoology from Manchester University in 2018. His final year project focused on British Mustelid Morphology and he has a keen interest in many aspects of flora and fauna. Prior to joining the company, Luke supported staff over two seasons as a Field Assistant as well as volunteering for a Human Trafficking charity. As an Assistant Ecologist Luke undertakes all types of surveying including amphibians, reptiles, bats, badgers, riparian mammals and Phase 1 habitat surveys. Luke also has experience in report writing, producing maps using GIS software and taking on the role of Ecological Clerk of Works.
Rhiannon joined Bowland Ecology in 2021 immediately after completing her MSc in Environmental Management at the University of Lancaster. She had previously gained a First Class Honours Degree in Ecology at the University of Aberystwyth. Alongside her studies Rhiannon worked for Peak Associates and Bowland Ecology, undertaking a range of surveys, writing reports and use of mapping software put and using mapping software. She has also undertaken fieldwork placements in the Swedish Artic and Borneo. Rhiannon’s voluntary work experience includes insect surveying at Pensychnant Nature Conservation Centre, practical conservation at Fairfield Nature Reserve and Bird Surveying for the RSPB in the Forest of Bowland.
Jack graduated with a degree in Zoology from the University of Manchester in 2019, having spent his 3rd year on placement with Bowland Ecology. He has subsequently undertaken Seasonal Field Work before joining us on a permanent basis as an Assistant Ecologist. Jack is particularly interested in the use of technology to support and enhance the team’s practice and has taken the lead in using thermal imaging cameras as well as 3 D printing to make components for the office and in the field. Jack undertakes all types of surveying including amphibians, reptiles, bats, badgers, riparian mammals and Phase 1 habitat surveys. He also has experience in report writing, producing maps using GIS software and taking on the role of Ecological Clerk of Works.
Ecology Staff - Scotland
Sabina has a degree in Biology and Geography and an MSc in Environmental Biology, both from Jagiellonian University in Poland. She has over three years of professional experience in the ecological consultancy market in the UK. Sabina has substantial knowledge and appropriate experience in field survey works relating to ecological habitats and protected species including bats, badgers, amphibians and reptiles. She holds a SNH bat roost visitor licence and has been involved in numerous bat surveys on a wide range of development sites from small residential developments to large and diverse railway/road scheme projects.
Gareth has worked closely with many of Scotland’s most elusive species including Scottish Wildcat, Eagles, Capercaillie and Beaver. He also has an extensive knowledge base of Scottish Flora and Fauna, gained during the six years he worked with Forestry and Land Scotland and prior to that with Forestry Enterprise Scotland and Edinburgh Council. His academic qualifications include an Honours Degree in Environmental Science and a HND in Forestry. Gareth has a range of specialisms including Surveying, ECoW and Mitigation and is an experienced tree-climber. Gareth’s trusty dog Bracken often accompanies him to site and has helped locate otter holts, wildcat & pine marten dens and other European Protected Species. Gareth is currently working on large projects for BAE and Sottish Power.
Emma graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2020 with a 2:1 in Geography. Prior to joining Bowland Ecology Emma was employed as a Seasonal Ecologist with Direct Ecology where she gained a range of surveying, fieldwork, assessment and report writing skills. Emma is particularly interested in Peatland, having written her dissertation on this before going on to undertake further peatland and assessment work.
Emma has also completed a Rural Skills Training Programme. Over a 20 week period she gained LANTRA Awards in Chainsaw, Crosscutting and All Terrain Vehicle Operation as well experience in fencing tree regeneration monitoring.
Yasmin manages all aspects of the office, working hard behind the scenes to ensure that our Ecologists are supported when writing reports or are out in the field. Yasmin has previously managed administration in a range of settings including leisure and insurance. She’s the first port of call with any enquiries about the business or our projects.
Julie joined Bowland Ecology after spending most of her career in Senior Management roles within the social care sector. Most recently Julie managed a team at Shelter and prior to that she spent 18 years developing and delivering projects at The Whitechapel Centre in Liverpool. Julie brings a strong background in operational management, professionalism and an eye for detail to help deliver the continuing growth and operation of Bowland Ecology.