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Wales and the South West


Our staff


Our staff are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), the professional body that represents and supports ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad.

Together they bring a wealth of expertise to offer you a comprehensive range of ecological services from our offices in The Cotswolds and South Wales.

Richard Dodd

Richard Dodd – Managing Director

B.Sc. (Hons.), CEcol, MCIEEM

Richard started his ecological career in 2000 after graduating from Cardiff University. Since then he has worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors. He was one of the first 75 ecologists in the United Kingdom to be recognised as a Chartered Ecologist and hold protected species licences, including the low impact class licence for bats. He is also a lecturer at the Royal Agricultural University (Cirencester).

Richard heads up the Cotswold practice, based in Cirencester and oversees the practice as a whole. He has a wide range of ecological survey experience, and holds protected species licences for bats, dormouse and great crested newt.

Dr Alexandra Pollard – Principal Ecologist

Ph.D., B.Sc. (Hons.), MCIEEM, MRSB

Alex studied Zoology at Liverpool University, graduating in 2004 with a first class honours degree. Following this, she went on to complete a PhD on visual constraints on bird behaviour at Cardiff University, which included research into the impact of artificial lighting on wildlife, and studied Environmental Law and Policy at Cardiff School of Lifelong Learning. Alex also gives lectures on European protected species to university students and advises on undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

As well as undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisalsreptile surveys and translocations, Alex is highly experienced in undertaking ornithological surveys and is a licensed bat ecologist in Wales and England.

Dr Matthew Davies – Senior Ecologist

Ph.D., B.Sc. (Hons.)

Matt has undertaken professional ecological surveys as a consultant since 2012. Prior to this he studied Zoology at Cardiff University, graduating with a 2.1 honours degree. He then went on to gain a Ph.D at Hull University where his research focussed on the chemical nature of scent marking in the European otter Lutra lutra.

He has knowledge and experience of otter ecology and survey techniques and mustelid (e.g. badger Meles meles) ecology in general. He is an experienced and licenced surveyor for bats and for the hazel or common dormouse.

Matt undertakes a wide range of ecological work including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, plus survey work for a number of UK protected species – otters, bats, common dormice, great crested newts, badgers and reptiles (including reptile translocations).

Maggie Parker – Office Manager

Maggie has a strong background in administration and HR and is responsible for the financial and administrative side of the Company, as well as managing the office, website and host of other vitally important tasks such as making the tea!

When she’s not in the office Maggie is training to be a gardener.

Matt Attrill – Ecologist

B.Sc. (Hons.)

Matt joined the team in 2016 as an Assistant Ecologist building on his experience gained from working on a large variety of projects and species. Since graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2014 his knowledge and skills have been gained through consultancies and the voluntary sector.

Matt is experienced in a range of survey methods for protected species including bats (Level 2 Class Licence) and great crested newt (for which he holds a Level 1 Class Licence), water vole, bats and reptiles. He also has good knowledge of mitigation methods and the undertaking of preliminary ecological appraisals.

Charlotte Poole – Assistant Ecologist

B.Sc. (Hons.)

Charlotte studied Biology at the University of South Wales and graduated with a 2:1 Honours degree in 2014. Charlotte then went on to study a Masters at the University of South Wales and graduated with a Distinction in M.Sc Conservation and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Charlotte has worked with ecological consultancies and local authorities as a surveyor of Bats and Newts

Peter Hacker – Assistant Ecologist

M.Sc. (Hons.)

Peter studied Ecological Consultancy at Newcastle University, graduating with a 2:1 Honours degree in 2016. He has field experience gained through both academic and professional training. Competent in surveying a range of protected species including reptiles, bats, Great Crested Newt, and Dormice.

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