Our business exists to support the creation of beautiful and meaningful developments for people, place and nature. We are a team of dedicated, enthusiastic professionals, all sharing in the following values:
Creative – We are a team of creative problem solvers, using our expertise to deliver positive change.
Open – We are a team of open, approachable and adaptable individuals focussed on helping our clients’ deliver their development projects on plan.
Collaborative – We know that success comes from working alongside our clients, as part of their team. We’re always on hand to advise at any stage of the project.
Ethical – We are a values led organisation and work with clients who share our long term vision for sustainable development.
Change makers – We are here to have an impact and instigate positive, sustainable change in the relationship between development and the environment.
Jenni is passionate about designing strategic and project mitigation and enhancements that support green infrastructure and future health and wellbeing and is a champion for interdisciplinary collaboration in her work. She is also an Approved Building with Nature Assessor and can assist you with implementation of this new set of design standards, helping you to create developments that really deliver for both people and nature. With over 18 years experience within the environmental sector, including 7 years within the Highways division Jenni is a mature professional and has developed a professional career rooted within the fields of construction and development. Providing advice on best practice in accordance with current and emerging legislation and experienced in client liaison Jenni specialises in providing pragmatic, project appropriate advice.
Jenni is also an experienced faunal ecologist who specialises in European Protected Species (EPS) and holds survey licences for bat, dormice and great crested newt and has produced and worked on countless EPS licence applications. Jenni also holds a survey licence for barn owl and is a Registered Consultant under the Bat Low Impact Class Licence and the Bats in Churches Class Licence schemes. In addition, she has produced numerous mitigation and enhancement strategies relating to faunal species, including water vole, common species of reptile and great crested newt.
Jenni is a Chartered Environmentalist, a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM), Affiliate member of the Landscape Institute and a member of the CIEEM South West Committee. She has also published articles for the Society for the Environment and CIEEM In Practice and regularly organises events and CPD training for businesses and CIEEM.
Mike spent two and half years as the consulting ecologist advising on one of the largest multi-billion pound infrastructure projects in Europe. In this role he prepared evidence to inform Habitat Regulations Assessments, Ecological Impact Assessments and planning applications; while also preparing a series of on-site documents to inform ecological mitigation, including development of an innovative approach to managing the risk breeding birds occurring on site – where they might cause significant delay to the construction programme.
He was also on contract to five south Devon planning authorities (2010-2018) where he advised on some of the most ecologically sensitive development proposals; these might otherwise have significantly affected the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) designated to protected the internationally rare greater horseshoe bat. In this time, he examined and advised on dozens of sensitive planning applications, and prepared Habitat Regulations Assessment to inform the relevant LPAs determination of each application. Mike’s approach was to find and negotiate solutions that enabled development to proceed while maintaining the integrity of the habitat used by the greater horseshoe bat. It is a testimony to Mike’s approach, that only one application was refused during this period, and that this decision was successfully defended at planning appeal.
Mike has over 30 yrs experience of working with ecological issues in the planning system and has developed a broad experience of addressing significant ecological issues in both development management and strategic forward planning.
He is Chair of the British Standards Institution’s Biodiversity Committee and was a leading author of BS42020:2013 Biodiversity – A Code of Conduct for Planning and Development. He is a Chartered Ecologist and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
Laura has been working in the field of ecology for 15 years and in that time has provided ecological advice to a variety of clients including housing developers, infrastructure bodies, energy and utility companies and environmental organisations. She is an experienced project manager with a sound knowledge of planning guidance and wildlife legislation.
Laura regularly carries out surveys for protected species on sites and is a skilled botanist having undertaken vegetation surveys across a wide range of habitats. She has written ecology chapters for Environmental Impact Assessments, has carried out Habitat Regulation Assessments, and regularly gives guidance to clients on mitigation and enhancement measures for biodiversity in support of planning applications.
Laura is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management.
Planning & Project Ecologist
Chrissy Mason MCIEEM is a qualified planning ecologist with over 20 years’ environmental management experience working within the public, private and third sectors. Originally from Tyne & Wear and now based in Devon, previous positions include posts with Hertfordshire County Council, Dartmoor National Park Authority and most recently working as Senior Ecologist at Devon County Council.
Chrissy holds a Masters in Ecological Impact Assessment (Distinction) specialising in bats and Habitats Regulations Assessment with previous experience and a continued interest in community engagement, green infrastructure and protected landscapes. Chrissy also brings with her a life-long passion for projects connecting people to their natural environment to improve physical and mental well-being.
Tamsyn has been working in ecological consultancy for 8 years, having previously also worked for the Wildlife Trusts. During her time in consultancy she has been involved in a wide range of projects including both small and large scale housing developments, commercial redevelopments and renewable energy schemes. She specialises in project management and the production of Ecological Impact Assessment reports to support the planning process and is frequently a first point of contact for clients regarding new projects. She has extensive experience in protected species surveys including for reptiles, bats, great crested newts and badgers, and has compiled a large number of successful Natural England licence applications for works affecting bat roosts, great crested newt breeding ponds and badger setts, as well as agreement and coordination of mitigation works relating to reptile translocations.
Tamsyn is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management and holds a Level 1 Class Licence for great crested newt.
Alex has over 8 years’ experience working as an ecological consultant, providing tailored ecological input into a variety of projects for private and public sector clients across the UK ranging from single dwelling renovations to large mixed-use developments and infrastructure schemes.
He has extensive experience in carrying out surveys for a range of protected and notable species including bats, Great Crested Newts, Otter, Water Vole, Badger, reptiles and birds, as well as Phase 1 Habitat Surveys and Hedgerow Regulations Assessments. His role has also involved preparation of mitigation strategies and method statements for protected species, habitat management plans to provide biodiversity enhancement. He is often involved in supervising mitigation works affecting protected species including licensed works involving bats.
Alex holds a Level 2 Bat Survey Class Licence and Level 1 Great Crested Newt Survey Class Licence, and is a Graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM).
Gavin is a graduate ecologist carrying out ecological surveys for bats, great crested newt, reptiles and dormice. Over the past 3 years he has worked on commercial and domestic housing projects and commercial developments.
He specialises in European Protected Species and holds survey licenses for great crested newt and dormice. Gavin also has experience of Ecological Clerk of Works, particularly in relation to great crested newt and has surveyed this species using e-DNA.
Having previously trained and worked in habitat management, Gavin manages mitigation contracting on our sites and has the necessary skills and experience to carry out works such as reptile fence installation, scrub clearance and vegetation manipulation.
Gavin is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
A recent graduate in environmental science, Ella has experience of carrying out protected species surveys of bats, dormice and reptiles, as well as Phase 1 Habitat surveys. She continues to build on her skills of habitat classification, fieldwork and report writing.
She is a qualifying member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management.
The Ecology Briefing
The Ecology Briefing is our quarterly event, focussed on bringing together professionals from backgrounds in Ecology, Architecture, Construction and Design to network in a relaxed environment. If you’d like to receive an invitation to the next event then drop your email in to the box below and we’ll be in touch with updates.
Suite 8, Buckfastleigh Business Centre
33 Chapel Street, Buckfastleigh
Devon, TQ11 0AB
Plymouth Science Park,
1 Davy Road, Derriford,
Plymouth PL6 8BX
Head Office: 01364 701150
Plymouth: 01752 426144