Our ecologists 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 across terrestrial and aquatic habitat types. Our licensed and experienced ecologists routinely liaise with government agencies on ecological and planning issues, including mitigation measures, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and monitoring of protected species.
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) and chairs a business group for Ecological Executives.
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 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 gained 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).
Jessica Snow – Assistant Ecologist
Jessica studied zoology at the University of Exeter, graduating with a 2:1 Honours degree. Following this she completed a MSc in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation at the University of Bristol.
Jessica started her ecological career in 2018 gaining professional experience working with ecological consultancies. Competent in undertaking a range of protected species surveys including great crested newts, reptiles and bats.
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 Appraisals, reptile surveys and translocations, Alex is highly experienced in undertaking ornithological surveys and is a licensed bat ecologist in Wales and England.
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!
Peter Hacker – Assistant Ecologist
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.
Did you know
Mosses, ferns and lichen are more ancient and primitive than flowers and trees and can all be found on historic buildings.
Mosses are low growing plants with no true roots, usually green and often soft to the touch.
Ferns have their stems underground and all we usually see above ground are their fronds.
Lichens are formed from both a fungus and an algae living in a partnership which enables them to survive in some of the most inhospitable of places.
Mosses and ferns are commonest in wet shady spaces, such as under trees in woodlands, whereas lichens are found in a very wide range of habitats including open bare rock, the walls of buildings, tree trunks, rock pools, bare soil and sandy heaths!
Wildwood Ecology works in association with botanical specialists where rare mosses, ferns or lichens are present and may be affected by proposed works.